Having troubleÂ sifting through some of the massive freeway jumblesÂ in theÂ latest plans for that major I-45 rerouteÂ between Downtown and the Beltway? This new videoÂ (making the rounds this month asÂ TxDOTÂ hosts a set of public meetings to chat about the project) may or may not help you out. The 10-minute animation shows offÂ what the project plans look like in multicolored, car-spangled 3D action, dragging viewers slowlyÂ along the entire project route from Spur 521 up to Beltway 8.
The project plans pullÂ 45 over to the east side of Downtown, toÂ line up alongsideÂ US 59 and dive underground behind the George R. Brown convention center. Various flavors of new express lanes, managed lanes, managed express lanes, and connectorsÂ weave into and out of a massive newÂ 45-59-10 junctionÂ as shown above, all labeled by color. Here’s a clip of the above video showing just that section of the animation:
A couple of possibilities for Houston-terminal hyperloop tracks have made the latest cut in Hyperloop One’s global design your own economically feasible route contest. The company, one of a couple firms working to bring Elon Musk’s ultra-quick travel-by-tube-suction concept out of literal pipedream territory, will eventually pick a handful of winning teams to give a technological and financial boost. The Texas-centric network shown above would connect Houston, Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, and Dallas, apparently with special stops for DFW and the Ship Channel. (AÂ direct Dallas-Houston leg wouldn’t beÂ high priority,Â in case the bullet trainactually happens, according to designer Stephen Duong). The other Texas-inclusive route that made the cut, going by the name Rocky Mountain Corridor, would connect the Bayou City to Cheyenne, WY, by way of Denver and Amarillo:
The section of bayou-hugging greenway trailÂ running between Durham St. and Stude Park isÂ getting the official OKÂ tomorrow morning fromÂ Harris County Flood Control District and the Houston Parks Board. The photo above is of the pedestrian bridgeÂ across White Oak near Durham St. that previously supplanted the area’s “Bridge of Death” route; the segment opening tomorrow runs from that same bridge east along the bayou to the Studemont St. non-pedestrian bridge. The organizers areÂ hoping would-be trail fansÂ willÂ use some means other than car to get toÂ the ceremony location (off Studemont just north of I-10);Â if you have to drive, however, the invitation says you might be able to get a parking space across the freeway north of Â Target.
How’s business going for that new emission-free all-electric text-us-and-we’ll-pick-you-up sorta-free Downtown shuttle service?
A little more than a year into it, REV Houston’s 3 Chrysler GEM vehicles are proving quite popular with . . . city investigators!
City officers have ticketed Rev Houston drivers at least 15 times this year, and plenty more last year. The citations, which average $150 to $200, are for offenses such as â€œno taxicab permitâ€ and â€œno taxicab driver’s license.â€
â€œOne of the offenses is â€˜no fire extinguisher,’â€‰â€ Ibarra said. â€œOur vehicles don’t have a single drop of combustible liquid, but the city feels we need to have a fire extinguisher. â€˜No taxi meter’ is another one. We don’t charge a fare, so why should we have a taxi meter?â€
Tina Paez, the city’s deputy director of administration and regulatory affairs, said Ibarra’s vehicles have been cited as taxis because they take passengers.
â€œIf they charge a fare or accept a gratuity, they are a vehicle for hire,â€ she said. â€œEven though they don’t technically charge, they come under the ordinance.â€