I Didn’t Know This Was An Issue

So last weekend, I was driving from my favorite record store (Sound Exchange) to attend a birthday party at Berry Hill (on Montrose), when I drive past the following sign:

sign on Richmond

I can’t recall hearing about a rail proposal on Richmond. Does anyone know about this? Am I THAT far out of the loop?

IMO: If the city really wants to alleviate traffic congestion via mass transit, they should install rail lines between the freaking airports.

10 Comments so far

  1. kevin whited (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    I can’t recall hearing about a rail proposal on Richmond. Does anyone know about this? Am I THAT far out of the loop?

    It’s the proposal that was sold as the Westpark corridor to voters, and renamed the University Corridor. METRO has made a lot of noise about changing the location to Richmond, which many of us feel is contrary to the 2003 Metro Solutions vote that specified Richmond. Richmond property owners are understandably upset, as they have that beautiful tree-lined esplanade that would be replaced by concrete and dangerous rail potentially.

    METRO is holding a meeting today on this. We have covered this controversy extensively at blogHOUSTON.net, as have other local bloggers.


  2. Ish (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    Yeah….you are pretty out of the loop:

    http://www.bloghouston.net/item/3725


  3. Governor (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    Horray! I’m being bitch-slapped by the bloghouston.net people!


  4. hjuston (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    “would be replaced by concrete and dangerous rail potentially”
    Why would the rail be dangerous?
    I feel that Metro on Richmond is a better idea then Metro on Westpark. Who would use it there?


  5. lucia (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

    Houston Chronicle
    July 18, 2006, 2:16PM
    Metro: Compromise possible on Richmond rail plan

    By RAD SALLEE

    Link:
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4054936.html


  6. katya (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    Paladin wrote something about this in April:

    http://houston.metblogs.com/archives/2006/04/rail.phtml

    I haven’t kept up with the issue either – and was reminded of it when driving down Richmond a while back and seeing the very same signs, oddly enough. Guess they’re doing their job :)


  7. Sedosi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    “Why would the rail be dangerous?”

    You have to admit it DOES have a less than safe “track record” downtown.

    Now put that same engineering design on a street with homes, school busses, and more traffic….

    Be interesting to see how the opponents react to the “compromise” plan that Metro is floating today.


  8. Jen (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 11:12 am

    So, here’s a question. A few months ago, I was driving West on Richmond. Standing at the northeast corner of Richmond and Kirby were a group of about 4 people, including one dressed as a chicken. At first, I thought it was an ad for Chick-fil-A (though I guess they use cows, not chickens) or maybe a PETA protest…..but when I stopped at the light, I saw they were holding signs protesting the Richmond rail. I would have asked them directly what the costume was about, but they were a pretty angry looking bunch (including the chicken).

    Does anyone have any idea what the chicken was supposed to symbolize? The fabled chicken no longer being able to cross the road?

    I swear, I’m not making this up.


  9. morton hurley (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    Jen: Whatever narcotics you were utilizing at the time of your “vision”, please be sure to share them with the rest of the group during the next designated (and properly posted) MetBlog meeting.

    Cam sa ham nida.


  10. Jen (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    Mr. Hurley: Bring some spam, and we’ve got a deal.

    chunmaneyo



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