Texas Southern University now has no stop alongside campus. There is a station called â€œTSU,â€ but itâ€™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 couldnâ€™t figure out how to work with a neighborhood to get a Wheeler/Ennis route figured out. Thatâ€™s an unfortunate situation for a university thatâ€™s trying to raise its profile.
Thereâ€™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; thereâ€™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 isnâ€™t ideal, though.
Also from Spieler: an update on rail construction.
- The map â€” 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 Didnâ€™t Announce
Metro Rail diagrams: Christof Spieler