Texas Southern University now has no stop alongside campus. There is a station called “TSU,” but it’s three blocks from campus, on the opposite side of a public housing project. Rice, UH, St. Thomas, and UH Downtown all get excellent connections to the 2012 system, but TSU is getting left out because METRO couldn’t figure out how to work with a neighborhood to get a Wheeler/Ennis route figured out. That’s an unfortunate situation for a university that’s trying to raise its profile.
There’s additional stations in Uptown and the East End, but one fewer in Greenway.
The East End Line now goes to the Theatre District, not the Intermodal Center. . . . The Intermodal Center was never an important destination anyway; there’s a lot more demand to go to the west side of Downtown. Running both the East End and Southeast lines there creates a frequent east-wets circulator service across Downtown. And keeping East End trains off of Main Street allows Main Street trains to run more frequently. The transfer still isn’t ideal, though.
Also from Spieler: an update on rail construction.
- The map — now with officially approved colors! [Intermodality]
- Houston 2012 Fixed Guideway Transit (PDF) [Intermodality]
- Light Rail Update [OffCite]
- Previously in Swamplot: The Light Rail Map Update Metro Didn’t Announce
Metro Rail diagrams: Christof Spieler