Friday, May 30, 2014

Bus connections beyond the dreams of avarice

I sing in the Houston Chamber Choir.  And during the entirety of its existence, our regular rehearsals have been at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in Downtown.  There was one exception: the 2006-2007 season during which the Cathedral's Latham Hall, in which our rehearsals are held, was completely renovated.  During this time, we rehearsed at Trinity Episcopal Church at the Ensemble/HCC Station.

It was a morning rehearsal at Trinity on the first Saturday of November 2006...  From my place in west Houston, I catch the 82 Westheimer as soon as I get to the bus stop.  Lo and behold, I hook right up to the 42 Holman heading east at Montrose.  I get off the bus at Trinity and go to rehearsal.

After rehearsal, I exit the church...and lo and behold!  A 42 Holman appears immediately, on which I make it to Westheimer and get off at Montrose and immediately connect with the 81 Westheimer Sharpstown...because I need to get a haircut at Hillcroft @ Richmond, and this is a God-given chance to do so.

Haircut done and meal eaten at an eatery next to the haircut place.  Time to head home...and I feel it in my bones...  The 25 Richmond Mission Bend was on its way -- and poof!  There it was right when I get to my stop!!

My perfect day of buses.

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About a month or two ago, I was riding the bus on a Friday or Saturday.  I do not remember the particulars of this except only three connections were made in this streak of good connections, and it involved getting on what may very well be for me my last ride on the 78 Alabama, getting on at Kirby or Buffalo Speedway and deciding to see how far west the bus would go.

I get off at Richmond and catch an immediate 25 Richmond.  I decide it would be a brilliant chance to get a haircut at my place (because getting there is a pain for me, otherwise).  Haircut done, I catch an immediate 25 Richmond Mission Bend bus home.

In today's METRO network, connections like these come less often than a blue moon.  With System Re-imagining, your perfect day of buses is coming!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

BRT on Gessner? Yes, please! plus a podcast update

Memorial City has in the past thirty years - and particularly in the past ten - become a thing.  From the alien-ship-crowned Memorial Hermann Tower, the centerpiece of the burgeoning Memorial City Medical Center, as well as Memorial City Mall, and the many other buildings in the immediate vicinity, Gessner from Memorial through Westview has become the Galleria-Westheimer-Post Oak traffic bottleneck of west Houston.

Gessner has huge esplanades at I-10.  Rush hour for buses going north-south through that part of town is horrendous and will get worse and worse with time's passing.

Bus Rapid Transit - lanes dedicated exclusively to bus traffic with (hopefully) stoplight priority) on Gessner from Memorial through Westview would help bus traffic, but would it hurt car traffic enough to where it would do more harm than good to take one lane from each side and combine them with the esplanade to make for BRT lanes?

Then again, if we really want a future 40 Gessner that can actually do its job, can we afford not to put those BRT lanes in?  Bus rapid transit may not have the great capacity of light rail, but it is a big step to a more mobile west side of town.

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Two weeks without a podcast!  What is going on?

For starters, I still have not found time to fully tweak out the results of my 23 predictions made about the Draft Proposed Network Plan from Episode 26.  In that same episode, I intend to re-record a section that came out with a 'robotic' sound in my voice - stupid mic acting up.

I have had these same issues with Episode 1, and may need to re-record that one in its entirety.

Have patience, my friends, and MANY thanks for your many pageviews on this blog and following me on Twitter: @HoustonOnTheGo

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

1 June 2014 METRO Service Changes and 'overtake'

It's times like this I sorely regret having not saved over the decade and a half I've been riding the bus all the printed service changes leaflets and old bus schedules.  But I'm pretty sure I am correct in surmising that in the past few years, METRO has gone out of its way to do more to tweak our present network whenever possible more than previous leadership regimes.

The service changes effective at the first of next month are no exception.

These service changes are typical of the 'New METRO': nothing but improvements.  In the past few years, discontinuations of bus service have been rare.  And look at these changes this time 'round: additions of trips, moving of trip times to make things more-reliable and to ease overcrowding.

But this particular time, we have something epic...

402 Bellaire Quickline – Implement new midday service.
Route would operate with a 15 minute frequency between 5:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Yes, my friends, this is a foretaste of the full implementation of System Re-imagining (so long as public pressure does not emasculate METRO's plans).  Look at that frequent service!!  Yes, it's only on weekdays and yes (and most-unfortunately), it does not run late at all, but what we now have is a true piece of our bus network: a route people can use to great effect throughout the day on weekdays.


I am at Bellaire @ Ranchester.  I want to get to Bellaire @ Buffalo Speedway.

I have two choices: take the current 2 Bellaire with the full panoply of bus stops to delay your trip, or take the current 402 Bellaire Quickline from the Ranchester stop and get off at the Brompton stop.  Or I can get off the bus at Stella Link and, yes, wait and catch the regular 2 Bellaire to get me the rest of the way to Buffalo Speedway.

Of course, I would get off at Brompton, but even if I get off at Stella Link, I could still walk to Buffalo Speedway and with our current network, by walking beat the 2 Bellaire eastbound bus to Buffalo Speedway!

And most-likely during my Quickline trip, I will pass one or more 2 Bellaire buses.  Having so few stops really does make a difference!

The great problem with the current 402 Quickline is that it ends at Ranchester.  It is frankly difficult with the 2 Bellaire's current base frequency combined with car traffic to arrange a trip whereby I get via Quickline to near where I want to go and make a quick connection to the 2 Bellaire to get me the rest of the way.  Many times, I think, walking the rest of the way would be faster unless that perfect connection with the 2 Bellaire could be made.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

69Q Hobby Broadway Harrisburg Quickline?

Looking at METRO's map of the coming light rail East Line, I see two things.  Hughes street where exists the infamous railroad crossing that precipitated the need for an overpass or an underpass (and all the drama that has ensued) is far enough east on the rail line that the long building of what will be the overpass will not affect that much of the route, and I have to wonder if METRO will build a temporary terminus at the Altic / Howard Hughes Station and open that part of the line later this year as scheduled.
I'm not sure if this is possible, but I cannot think it has not been talked about, and this map seems to imply METRO is at least thinking about this.  Hopefully, a temporarily-shortened East Line will come to pass, ending at Altic / Howard Hughes.

Which brings us to what to do between Altic / Howard Hughes and Magnolia TC.  Easy-enough: extend the new 69 Broadway to the temporary end of the East Line.  It will take 2.5 years to build the extension to Magnolia TC, which means the 69 will serve Altic for quite a while.

However, I almost hope East Line will not go online until the Hughes street overpass is done.  This will give METRO a chance to introduce people to Quckline service.  In lieu of light rail service, put in the 69Q Hobby Broadway Harrisburg Quickline, starting at Downtown, replicating exactly the stops the rail line will make, and then making the trek to Hobby down Broadway.

The 69Q will introduce a lot of people to the wonders of a Quickline service as well as provide a real mass-transit option for people getting to Hobby Airport.  And if it turns out ridership is not so great, METRO can make adjustments accordingly.

In the cost-conscious culture that is the 'New METRO', such a move entails an amount of risk, but let's make silk out of the sow's ear that the Hughes St. railroad crossing has become, remedy the lack of an East Line, get people to Hobby, and offer to the burgeoning east of Downtown a mass-transit option it maybe has never seen before.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 7 of 7

And finally...

When dividing all this text into bite-sized chunks for the blog, I had forgotten I had originally eight parts and not seven to this series. Well, so as to not mess things up with my previous blog-post headings, I'm ending this series on the route-by-route analysis at seven, which gives you all this time 'round a really long blog post. Please bear with me - lol.

Also, as I suspect there will be wholesale changes to this map in some routes from this Draft iteration to the Final iteration that will be prepared and unveiled later this summer/early autumn, I'll be doing this sort of route-by-route look at that map as well.

METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

70 Bellfort

At 10 miles in length, it is not as good a way of getting to Hobby as East Line - 69 Broadway except when one takes in the extra transfer for most-anyone coming from west of Downtown to the East Line. There is still no easy way of getting to Hobby via public transport.  Seeing stuff like this makes me a little frustrated our bus budget is so small.

Quickline from Fannin South to HOU via Bellfort or from Magnolia TC via Broadway? Quickline - Express from Northline to IAH? I'll take one of each, please!

71 Cambridge
Blue west of Mainer
Green: Mainer to Southeast TC

This re-imagined route takes up some of the current 1 Hospital's current hang-outs: VA hospital, Harris County Hospital Districts, Holly Hall, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, etc.

The green segment takes up bits of the current 60 South McGregor and 87 Sunnyside TMC, connecting with Southeast TC. Better to name this route 'Cambridge south' a la 'Tidwell east'.

72 Yellowstone Reed

At app. 18-19 miles, this route is as circuitous and ponderous as it looks, continuing the tradition of oddly-shaped bus routes I hoped System Re-imagining could and would eradicate entirely. Look for this route to be split in the Final map.

I was hoping to see a single bus route go the whole of Cambridge, but the labyrinth that is the TMC and all the necessary places people need to go there makes, I expect, such ease of routing impossible. Best to add to this nomenclature 'Cambridge north - Ben Taub'.

73 Southmore Park Place

All of Southmore is covered directly or indirectly by this route that takes in the old Richey Branch of the current 40 Telephone. The current 60 S McGregor, 5 Southmore, and 40 Telephone provide routings for this new bus line.

74 Evergreen

The current 40 Telephone gives its Howard Branch to this new 74 Evergreen that, along with the 73 Southmore Park Place gives the Meadowcreek Village area two green routes. Not the greatest service, but this part of town is lucky with two greens for this low-ridership portion of our city that in a bus-route vein looks a lot cleaner than it does in the current network.

Service is not as good for this area as before, but again, an unfortunate trade-off and one of many difficult decisions METRO had to make in regard to geographical coverage vs. ridership-focus.

75 Sagemont

Imagine carrying around a ball and chain. Currently, the 88 Hobby carries a ball-and-chain: its segment between Hobby Airport and San Jacinto College South.

With the re-imagined network, this segment becomes a route all its own with the rest of the current 88's functionality given over to other re-imagined routes.

77 Market Pleasantville

The old north turning of the current 48 Navigation will now be handled by the new (and more logical) 77 Market Pleasantville that also takes routings from the current 11 Nance and 30 Clinton (Denver Harbor branch).

Reaching these hard-to-get-at neighborhoods is not easy with their odd street layouts, but METRO is trying to accommodate as best as it can.

78 Collingsworth

Why does METRO call this the 'Collingsworth' when it hardly travels on Collingsworth? Clearly, the notion of long, straight lines in routing does not apply to all parts of town! The current 77 Liberty and 5 Kashmere Gardens give routing to this new line, though I would rename it to 'Kashmere Gardens'.

79 Ley

The current 52 Hirsch gives routing to this new line that services the three northeast Flex zones.

80 Westridge

The current 18 Kirby and 14 Hiram Clarke offer routing to this new line that is really quite short. The west part of OST not serviced by the new 66 OST Wayside is serviced by this new 80.

81 Willowbend

Taking routing from the current 10 Willowbend, the new 81 Willowbend helps provide that segment of S. Main from the Loop to TMC TC a decent amount of frequency via this new line and the new 49 Hiram Clarke.

82 W Airport Briargate

In the current system, the number '82' stands for gigantic ridership on the biggest non-freeway artery in the city of Houston. In the re-imagined system, '82' denotes a blue route that takes up the southern portion of the current 33 Post Oak as well as 98 Briargate Circulator and a little bit of 49 Chimney Rock.

The one thing it is clear to my lay eye is instead of going up Hiram Clarke to W. Fuqua to Hiram Clarke TC, the line could stay on Anderson and then go up Bathhurst, perhaps, thereby giving a little better service to Anderson Rd.

85 Memorial Villages

If the world were a perfect place, the whole of Memorial would be a very strong blue. As it is, no such bus will exist for at least the new few years, but METRO does make the best of a bad nomenclature situation with a new route taking up routing from the current 70 Memorial. We can't call this the 'Memorial' bus, but we can at least call it by where it goes.

86 Outer Memorial

Alas, no service to Memorial City! This green line takes up routing from the current (and much-lamented) 131 Memorial.

87 Westview

The current 72 Westview and the northern terminus of the current 19 Wilcrest provide routing here.

88 Hammerly

This route is elegant and is a perfect example of when geography-stars align perfectly to give us the perfect example of METRO's new paradigm of the long, straight, namesake route with big connectivity at both ends. The new 88 Hammerly gives us that with the appropriate deviation to its western turnback, meeting up with the Kempwood and Clay Road buses and its eastern ending at the massively-connectified NWTC.

89 Dacoma Shuttle

To this diminutive new blue route is given routings from the current Rosslyn branch of the 50 Heights and the current 40 Pecore (Northwest Mall branch), providing easy service to NWTC.

91 Veterans Memorial
94 Acres Homes / Montgomery
95 Jones
96 FM 1960
97 Ella Aldine Westfield
101 Veterans Memorial Express
Weekday Peak Only

These new six routes take up the work done by the current 44 Acres Homes, 86 FM 1960 (with its two branches), and the 108 Veterans Memorial with new service from W. Little York P&R to the cluster of college campuses up Highway 249 @ Compaq Center W. Dr.

102 Bush IAH Flyer

Years ago, METRO had a near-non-stop direct service from Downtown to Bush Intercontinental Airport. No-one rode the thing, and that very-nifty service was discontinued. Along with the current and new 4 Beechnut, the 102 will by pure accident be one of the two routings in the coming network to retain their former numberings.

Every time I've put together my own 'dream-map', I've left FM 1960 almost exactly as METRO has it laid out in the current network. This area of town is just a pain route-planning-wise.

120 FW/DH Northshore Flyer
Blue east of FW/DH TC
Frequent Network west of FW/DH TC

This line replicates almost verbatim the current 137 Northshore.

151 Harwin Westwood Flyer
152 Harwin Briar Forest Flyer
Frequent Network east of Ranchester
Blue west of Ranchester

The current 132 Harwin and 53 Westheimer Ltd. are gone and replaced with these new routes, combining east of Harwin & Ranchester into a Frequent segment. Notably, the direct connection between Westheimer and Richmond featured with the current 53 - with its stop at Lakewood Church - is gone.

160 NWTC Downtown Flyer
Frequent Network

This replaces the I-10 portion of the 131 Memorial.

161 Memorial Express
Weekday Peak Only

No service to Memorial City Mall does not this a replacement for the 131 Memorial make.

376 FW/DH Flex
377 Mesa Flex
378 Kashmere Flex
395 N Shepherd Flex
398 Jensen Flex

The theory is dropping off and picking up the few riders who live in these new Flex zones curb-to-curb will be less-expensive than running the miles and miles of bus routes through these areas. And yes, we run a lot of miles through these areas currently.

These areas do not have, in METRO's mind, enough ridership to justify fixed routes, but do have enough ridership to justify at least some level of service. Unfortunately, what this will amount to is, as a friend of mine put it, 'METROLift for able-bodied people'.

30 W. Gulf Bank Rd. Mesa TC
Green - 18-hour span

Eastbound: Acres Homes TC, Left on W Montgomery, R on Ferguson Way, L on Wheatley, R on De Walt, R Veterans Memorial, N Shepherd P&R, L Veterans Memorial (limited-stop), R W Gulf Bank, R Airline (limited-stop), L Carby, L W Hardy, R Hopper Rd., R Hirsch, L Little York, R N Wayside, L Tidwell, Mesa TC

74 Mesa TC N Wayside FW DH TC
Green - 18-hour span

Mesa TC, R Tidwell, L N. Wayside, R I-10, R FW/DH TC

METRO needs your public comments. METRO wants your public comments. Your public comments will help our planners fix what is wrong with this map and send to the METRO Board of Directors a beautiful final network map for their approval sometime in (we hope) September.

Visit - Look at the new draft map for yourself - Mouse over the 'Draft Reimagined Network Plan' text in the menu bar at the top of the page - Click the 'Provide your feedback' option - Fill out the easy and simple online form and submit it!

Nothing could be more simple, and it would be to our area a tremendous public service!  

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 6 of 7

METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

60 Kelley Scott
Frequent Network, Green south of S. Acres

I was wondering how METRO would be dealing with the current 1 Hospital. This current route is no more and its routing is being split among a number of re-imagined routes, including this one which should be named 60 Scott Kelley LBJ. The current 52 Scott gives its routing to this new re-imagined service.

61 Jensen

It would not be a METRO network without something on Jensen. The street is just too strategic coming out of Downtown and straight to the northeast. Taking routings from the current 3 Langley, 6 Jensen, umpteen routes from Downtown on Jensen to Clinton, and the 83 Lee Road Circulator, we lose a lot of direct service in what will be the 398 Jensen Flex.

62 Cullen Hirsch

Current 29 TSU/UH Crosstown, 30 Cullen, 52 Hirsch, and 83 Lee Road Circulator routings make up this new 62 Cullen Hirsch, which does not really serve the northeast quadrant of Houston that well. The northeast is the new domain of four of the five new Flex zones, which we will get to in time.

65 Homestead Greens

A tiny bit of 26/27 102 Bush IAH, 83 Lee Road Circulator, 77 Liberty, 26/27 Outer Loop / Inner Loop Crosstown make up routings for this new Green bus route, which given the Greenspoint location is all-too-appropriate given the lack of ridership.

66 OST Wayside

I had hoped for a bus going the full length and breadth of OST, and with this draft network, we almost get our wish. OST west of Bertner is left out.

69 Broadway
Frequent Network

We don't get direct non-stop service by any means to Hobby Airport, but we do get a logical extension to the East Line starting at the Magnolia TC and going all the way down Broadway, providing a somewhat-decent bus service to Hobby, though if it had been my thing to do, I would have skipped out on the Southeast Line and put the East Line all the way to Hobby along Elgin or Wheeler. But, no-one asked me.

What the Broadway does do is provide southeast Houston with a Frequent Network north-south spine, and yes, this is a route for which I had hoped.

Harrisburg @ Hughes will sport an overpass. No East Line for another 2.5 years...

Harrisburg @ Hughes.

A part of the coming light rail East Line, this intersection sports railroad track along Hughes.  METRO had originally planned for an overpass through this railroad crossing for the light rail line though in 2011, it changed its mind and opted for an underpass, but with the discovery of accumulated gasoline underground, the agency was put into a quandry.

The first half of this year has been fraught with METRO's wringing its hands in indecision as to building an overpass or an underpass as well as  the necessary process of getting public input.  The presence of an overpass would affect many businesses and homes.  And from what I can tell, the east end of Houston has been divided almost evenly as to whether to build the overpass or build an underpass.  Witness the 6 May 2014 Special Board Meeting, in which things get a little hot under the collar...

More on this situation from Charles Kuffner...

Yesterday, METRO - in its regular monthly Board meeting lasting three-and-a-half hours (with as concise, yet comprehensive a presentation as one will ever find on the background and present situation at 2:49:50 onward), two-thirds of which was a steady stream of public speakers, among them Houston's Mayor Pro-Tem by proxy - the Board voted first to not delay the final vote on overpass or underpass by another thirty days, and then at last, the Board 8-0 voted to build an overpass, closing a long and tedious process of discernment.

After the public speakers were done, and before the two aforementioned votes, METRO's President & CEO, Thomas C. Lambert delivered the stupefying news that designing and constructing this overpass via the option voted for by the Board would take about thirty-one months...putting the end of the construction of the East Line in my estimation to God-Knows-When.

During this months-long process of public input, the memory and reality of Love Canal was more than once invoked by long-time mass-transit activist Dominic Mazoch.  With the plume of contaminants lurking underground, in this process, it's best to let sleeping dogs lie.  The overpass is the right choice, and I'm relieved METRO has finally come to a final decision here.

The only other news of any note is that CAF is staying on its revised schedule with the completion of the new facility in Elmira, NY specifically for METRO's cars still being on the schedule 6th of June.  I was unable to make the meeting, but thank Heaven for METRO's copious meeting archives!

The meeting was well-attended and most-productive.  Board Member Christof Spieler is out of the country on a long-planned tenth anniversary vacation he sorely needed, though he did send an email to the Board expressing his support for the overpass.  That email was read aloud at the meeting.  Seeing Christof these past few weeks, I look upon a guy that is very, very tired.  Happy - but still in dire need of some rest and relaxation...

The next regularly-scheduled METRO Board meeting is on 26 June 2014.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chris Andrews talks about the re-imagined Heights route

Chris has gone all over the Heights, taking photographs, and giving us an in-depth analysis of the re-imagined 11 Heights Dallas bus route.

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 5 of 7

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METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

46 Antoine
Frequent Network
Blue north of W. Little York

This route is an entirely-new Frankenstein forged from many bits of current routes: 36 Kempwood, 56 Airline (Gears Rd branch), 58 Hammerly, 79 W Little York, 85 Antoine Ltd., 102 Bush IAH, 108 Veterans Memorial, thereby making it possible to get from the NWTC to Greenspoint TC on one bus.

47 Post Oak
Frequent Network

Other parts of the 33 Post Oak are taken up by the new 47 Post Oak. And from this, we know which parts of the current 33 have done better than before. Service on Sage Road being given over to the blue 12 Memorial Canal means Sage is a bit janked from the Post Oak artery now.

48 Weslayan

We see something not seen in a long time or at all: nearly the whole of Weslayan with METRO bus service! Bits of a few current routes not worth mentioning are used, but 90% of this route is currently not serviced by METRO buses at all.

49 Hiram Clarke

The strange 14 Hiram Clarke loop-de-loop at the southern terminus is no more.

50 Shepherd
Frequent Network

We come to what will be nothing less than a monster. Of all the local bus routes of the re-imagined network, the new 50 Shepherd will be the new 45 Tidwell of the west-of-Downtown north-south connections: a beast that will feed humanity to and from innumerable east-west routes as well as give the 395 N. Shepherd Flex a direct link to one of the most-immense routes of the Frequent Network. The one span of this route missing is an epic 20-hour span. Forged from part of 26/27 Outer Loop / Inner Loop Crosstown, 44 Acres Homes, 50 Heights, 66 Yale, the 50 Shepherd will have a span of 18 hours.

53 Almeda N. Main
Blue with Green south of Fannin South P&R

Taking routings from 11 Almeda, 9 North Main, a tiny bit of 44 Acres Homes, 24 Northline, 40 Pecore, a tiny bit of 73 Bellfort, the new 53 Almeda N. Main eliminates the deviation to Wuthering Heights, which as an example of the sorts of inefficiencies METRO wanted to take out of the network, METRO had as a big target. Service from Hiram Clarke TC through Crosstimbers, but there looks as though the Heights TC is not served. Odd.

54 Airline Montrose
Frequent Network

For years, the 56 Airline Ltd. has been the stalwart of North Houston. For years, the 34 Montrose has been neglected for the so-called 'hip' section of town it is supposed to represent. For Montrose, I hope its segment of this route does not go blue on us, owing to the 50 Shepherd. This new route uses parts of the current 56 Airline Ltd., 24 Northline, 66 Yale, and 34 Montrose.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 4 of 7

METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

32 Eldridge

As Eldridge Parkway goes all the way south to Old Richmond Rd., this is not a true Eldridge bus, and as far-west as this north-south route is, I don't see it going this far south for a long time, especially with what it does at the west
ern/southern terminus at West Oaks Mall, starting off where the 5 Bellaire leaves off and giving an infrequent, but still-existing bus connection between Mission Bend P&R and West Oaks Mall, though I look for this west-of-Mission-Bend-P&R section to eventually be discontinued as I cannot imagine there will be anyone who will ride this portion of this route which takes routings from the current 75 Eldridge.

And yes, this represents a full admission the 75 Eldridge, designed as a route to benefit the Energy corridor has had ridership, but really has not done all that well. The current 75 Eldridge has an average frequency of twenty minutes. With the new 32 Eldridge, we go to half-hour in peak and sixty minutes at other times, but with weekend service and direct service to West Oaks Mall we've not seen before.

I think the current 75 suffered from a lack of connectivity with other routes, though it did hook up with the Westheimer and Richmond routes, but not with Beechnut. METRO has not given up on this street entirely. Look at its being a part of a re-imagined Mission Bend P&R, more connected with the local bus network than it has ever been heretofore.

I do think METRO has high hopes for Eldridge, and an upgrade to blue could be within the next few years. We'll see how Park & Ride riders look at this, perhaps.

33 Dairy Ashford

The current 67 has somewhat-better frequency than the 33 Dairy Ashford will boast, but the new 33 will get people to and from Addicks P&R, further illustrating METRO's desire to remedy the underutilization of its P&R locations as true transit hubs for more than just commuters from far-flung areas.

34 Kirkwood

Taking in a touch of the current 53 Westheimer Ltd., the new 34 Kirkwood services for the first time Kirkwood. Witness the sweet linkage between the large pieces of Kirkwood between Richmond and Alief Clodine servicing the West Houston Medical Center.

35 Wilcrest

The current 19 Wilcrest gets a shot in the arm with its routing plus some of the current 70 Memorial and 131 Memorial getting new service to Memorial City Mall and the NWTC! Of course, the trade-off is no more service on Wilcrest north of Memorial to Chatterton.

40 Gessner

The current 46 Gessner is the mighty north-south bus artery west of Loop 610. Re-imagined, its routing as the new 40 Gessner is the most-expansive Gessner service perhaps-ever with new service to the W. Little York P&R, hooking up with the new 25 W. Tidwell and the 28 W. Little York Irvington.

Weekend service actually goes to a decent hour, though I look for the Gessner to go to a 20-hour span in a few years' time. BRT lanes on Gessner at Memorial City - METRO, can we have some of this, please?

41 Fondren

Wow. The current 163 Fondren gives its Fondren-Rd-routing to the new 41 Fondren, but the revolution here is no more service to the Hillcroft TC. The direct Fondren trip to Downtown through the time-consuming monotony of the trip through Sharpstown is gone!

The trade-off is service on Fondren all the way to Westheimer for the first time ever, but people can get on the Harwin Frequent segment to get to Hillcroft TC. Yes, a transfer, but the time savings by not going through Sharpstown are immense and cancel out the transfer wait-time.

163 riders, you're still getting to Downtown - just by a different path.

42 Hillcroft

Taking routing from the old 47 Hillcroft, 6 Tanglewood, and 33 Post Oak, the new 42 Hillcroft leaves people off at Hillcroft @ Harwin to catch the Frequent Harwin buses to Hillcroft TC. I have to wonder if METRO will bring back these deviations to Hillcroft TC along Fondren and Hillcroft.

The trade-off with the new 42 is enormous - new service to the NWTC. And with all the new service along Woodway, I have to wonder if Brother Ed with Second Baptist Church did not send a bird to whisper in METRO's ear.

45 Chimney Rock

Yes, a Chimney Rock bus - sorta. It is quite clear here our constrained budget is at full-work because let's face it - this is not a true 'Chimney Rock' bus as it only goes on about two-fifths of Chimney Rock. What we do get is much of S. Post Oak and a terminus at Hiram Clarke TC.

The remainder of Post Oak is taken up by the new 82 W Airport Briargate. This new 45 (which takes up parts of the current 49 Chimney Rock and 33 Post Oak) does a lot of things, but perhaps it should be re-named '45 Chimney Rock S Post Oak' Hiram Clarke TC'.

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 3 of 7

METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

16 White Oak Quitman

We've had routes for years that have skirted the Cottage Grove neighborhood, one of the oldest in Houston, but I don't think that for a very long time, we've had one that actually went through the center of this area at Cottage Grove Park.

METRO's maps of this area do not give street names for the many turns this route takes west of Yale, turns that are necessary to give Cottage Grove the service METRO is looking for here, but I think we can get a very good idea of what's going on here: begin at NWTC, up to Hempstead Hwy, east on Kansas, south on Sherwin, east on Larkin, south on TC Jester, east on Inker, south on Shepherd, east on Maxie, north on Yale, and east on W. 6th, which at Heights Blvd. becomes White Oak Dr.

At I-45 White Oak becomes Quitman and we go the full length of Quitman (yay, METRO for doing so much to keep routes on namesake streets - what a concept!), which at I-45 becomes Liberty on which we continue east until Lockwood, when we head south to the route's terminus at Fifth Ward / Denver Harbor TC.

This route takes up routings of the current 58 Hammerly, 77 Liberty, 26/27 Outer Loop, and 52 Hirsch while doing its best to steer clear of the train-tracks between Lyons and Liberty.

17 Ella 11th Clinton

Again, the real marvel (or otherwise) with this re-imagined network is not the Frequent grid, as critical as it is, but how METRO really has 're-imagined' the low-frequency routes that achieve the goal of geographical coverage.

In this new route are included routings from the current 40 Pecore, a bit of 66 Yale (which used to be the Yale portion of the old 65 Bissonnet/Yale before it was split into the 65 and 66 about ten years or so ago, a tiny bit of 6 Tanglewood, innumerable routes on the portion of Jensen closest to Downtown, and, of course, the 30 Clinton. This route is also METRO's sole service to the city of Galena Park, but yes, Galena Park will have more-consistent METRO bus service than ever before, but the dedicated Galena Park branch of the current 30 Clinton is a thing of the past.

18 Long Point

This is one of the shorter routes on the Frequent Network, and yes, it follows the entirety of Long Point, taking routings from the current 20 Long Point, though it leaves off the west-of-Gessner portion of Westview.

20 MLK Lockwood Cavalcade

Great route, but badly-named. This route only goes on a tiny portion of MLK, only a portion (albeit a large one) of Lockwood, though enough of Cavalcade is represented to warrant that portion of the nomenclature.

And in the east part of Cavalcade I can see a trade-off METRO has had to make. Look at how the part of Cavalcade from Lookwood to the east terminus is left out of this route. Leaving this portion out allows the rest of the route to enjoy a straight shot south on Lockwood to Fifth Ward / Denver Harbor TC and on down Lockwood to Eastwood and eventually the Southeast Line at UH Central.

It may be I am misunderstanding how METRO is naming its routes. The naming here clearly describes what the route does - sorta. Yes, it goes up MLK, but again only that portion at UH Central. But it does go up Lockwood and thence on Cavalcade west from Lockwood. People will be confused by the MLK nomenclature thinking it's a bus that goes the whole of MLK when it most certainly does not.

This route takes routings from the current 26/27 Outer Loop / Inner Loop Crosstown, 42 Holman, and a tiny portion of the 80 Dowling. No service to Heights TC?

22 Kempwood Crosstimbers

Drawing this route on Google Maps Engine Pro makes me want to draw it on Clay Rd and W. 43rd., which lead directly into Crosstimbers, but it was a decision METRO had to make in this area as to which streets would get medium-frequency or low-frequency. Clay and W. 43rd lost. Kempwood won.

The current 36 Kempwood and 23 Crosstimbers Crosstown routings are combined to make this new route.

23 Clay W. 43rd

Wow - look how the new 22 and 23 combine to make a somewhat-frequent segment on Crosstimbers between Shepherd and Fulton/Red Line! Note also how METRO has coordinated their western turnbacks, though the mapping for their eastern turnbacks is vague. I'm sure the Final maps will be very, very clear as we are indeed still working from a draft network.

The current 50 Heights gives routing to half of this new 23, but Clay between Beltway 8 and Hollister gets METRO bus service for perhaps the first time ever.

25 Tidwell West
26 Tidwell East

Yep, the old battle-axe that is the current 45 Tidwell is split into three parts: the 25 (Frequent), the 26 (blue), and the 15 Lyons (green) at the easternmost end of Tidwell. Faux branching a la the 7 Richmond would have been utterly-confusing with three frequencies along Tidwell. Unfortunately, METRO could not keep Tidwell as a single route - the ridership in the northeast of Houston was not enough to justify doing that.

As much as METRO endeavors in this project to have single routes encompass all or most of any given namesake street or road, sometimes, it has not been possible to keep to that. Tidwell is for this situation the poster-kid.

28 W Little York Irvington

The current 78 Alabama will be no more, but the 78 Irvington lives on in this new 28 W Little York Irvington. Using routings from the old 78, 79 W. Little York, parts of the 15 Fulton, and spiritual principles from a number of other routes, this new and very-long and one of the 'L'-shaped routes METRO seems to love nowadays with re-imagining gives service to W. Little York between Alabonson Rd. and the W. Little York P&R for perhaps the first time ever.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 2 of 7

METRO's System Re-imagining website:
METRO's route-by-route summary of the re-imagined bus network:
My rendition of the old and new bus networks plus re-imagining items:

1 W. Bellfort

Drawing this map in the software was a real pleasure. W. Bellfort to Beltway 8 for the first time has a single, unified, and complete bus service scheme. As the southwest of Houston grows, the underlying grid-focus of this re-imagined map will make it easy for METRO to upgrade this to the Frequent Network.

2 Brays Bayou

This route goes through a good number of areas that may keep this route from the Frequent Network for a good long time. And look how close it is to being red - half-hour base headway keeps it blue.

3 Bissonnet

The current 65 Bissonnet is one of the long-time METRO warhorses. While not on the scale of the colossal 52 Scott-Hirsch or the 81/82 Westheimer, Bissonnet still comes in strong month after month in the top ten of METRO's busiest streets.

The 3 Bissonnet follows almost verbatim the path of the current 65 Bissonnet. This route will stay in the Frequent Network until the end of time.

4 Beechnut

Along with the 102 IAH, 4 Beechnut shares its number with its spiritual ancestor in our current network. The current 4 Beechnut goes at its western terminus and meets the current 2 Bellaire at Pavilion Dr. near Hwy. 6. The new 4 Beechnut goes all the way to Mission Bend P&R, helping to turn that P&R into a far-central-west transit center.

5 Bellaire

As the years go by, I look for the outrageously-fast 10-minute peak headway on this titan of Houston transit to be made even better. This is one of the most-frequent routes in the system and is the spiritual descendant of the current 2 Bellaire.

There has been since the 1920s buses running in the city of Bellaire or on Bellaire Blvd., and the new 5 Bellaire continues this custom into the far-future.

5Q Bellaire Quickline

Ride this bus, people! We need Quickline all over the city, and where once this very-limited-stop route was a random addition to our current network, METRO has put the Bellaire Quickline into a new light as a guinea pig for potential future Quicklines on Richmond, Westheimer, and maybe other places.

METRO will let this route mature over the next few years, and I encourage all of you (and me as well) to take time out once the new network has gone live to give this remarkable route a try.

6 Gulfton Holman

Sometimes, Frankenstein is a good thing. The 6 Gulfton Holman combines a lot of current METRO network doings: the circuitous routings through Sharpstown (thanks, Clarewood House - ha!) now done by the 81 Westheimer Sharpstown and the 25 Richmond Sharpstown, 9 Gulfton, 42 Holman, and a tiny bit of 68 Brays Bayou into a single whole.

For the first time, a trip from Sharpstown to UH Central can be done without a transfer. And look at the 15-minute peak headway (thanks, Gulfton with your most-densely-populated sections of Houston) and half-hour Base Headway with an 18-hour span of service! Could promotion to Frequent Network be closer than we think?

7 Richmond

Here is an example, and one of the rare ones to be found in this re-imagined network of a branched route in that while there are no physical street-related branches a la the present 40 Telephone and the buses stay on the same route, not all buses head all the way west to Mission Bend P&R.

A direct connection via Richmond to West Oaks Mall is missed, but it's easy enough to get to Westheimer at many points on the Frequent Network and elsewhere, this is not a big deal.

It's also interesting to see the 7 Richmond take instead of today's Westpark on the current 25 Richmond Mission Bend branch, Ashford Point Rd. I wonder if perhaps even more people might have been even-better served via Brand Rock Rd and Medfield Dr., but METRO is fanatical on not taking on new circuitousness that becomes over the years entrenched.

METRO wants the connection to Mission Bend P&R. METRO wants to serve as many people as possible while avoiding too many deviations and winding around. Ashford Point is a good compromise here.

And yes, Richmond gets on the very-long Frequent segment going east from Walnut Bend a peak 10-minute headway - crazy! And it gets even-better: look at what the new 7 Richmond does at Wheeler continues on Blodgett, TSU, the east part of Wheeler, UH Central, and all the way to Eastwood TC!!

Yes, by itself, continuing on Wheeler from Wheeler Station would have been the most-logical solution, and I'm sure METRO had this in mind at the start, but as it realized keeping on Wheeler would have made too much of a gap between routes south of Wheeler and north of Binz, Blodgett was seen as a better choice, particularly in that Wheeler is broken up by TSU, which would have put the buses on Blodgett or somesuch route, anyway.

Yep - Alabama loses all bus service going along that street. The old 78 Alabama is not coming back.

8 Westheimer

We come to the most well-known non-freeway street in Houston, and the street along which the current 82 Westheimer goes back and forth consistently in the top three to five of average daily boardings. The current 163 Fondren and the current 2 Bellaire are usually busier, but METRO has seen fit to give the new 8 Westheimer an 8-minute peak headway, a base headway of a blistering 10 minutes with a 20-hour span of service. 10-minute base headway...on weekends!! o... m... g...

9 Renwick San Felipe W Gray

The current 32 Renwick is the brainchild of long-time mass-transit activist Mark Hogue. It is a testimony to Mark's prescience and supreme knowledge of the west and southwest of Houston in regard to METRO, if nothing else, that his baby has grown up with far-greater frequency into what will be a powerful way to get around.

Look at what this route does. The current 32 Renwick has since its going online ca. 2007 done very well, and the new 9 Renwick continues northward where the current 32 leaves off, giving service for the first time ever to San Felipe from Fountain View all the way to Shepherd where the route goes into Downtown on W. Gray.

The new 9 Renwick provides connectivity between the routings of the old 32 Renwick and the old 3 West Gray along with key first-time-in-a-long-time service on San Felipe through the Galleria serving that big job center and causing me to think peak headway, particularly in the morning hours, in the Galleria area on this route will be made even smaller.

This route will be a big hit with a lot of people.

10 Kirby Dallas Polk & 11 Heights Dallas Telephone

The new 10 Kirby Dallas Polk starts at the TMC Transit Center, goes up Kirby, takes in a bit of Allen Parkway, does a lopp-de-loop at Waugh @ Memorial, and begins its shared Frequent Network segment with the 11 Heights Dallas Telephone at Waugh as it goes east on McKinney (and westbound on Lamar) to the GRB Conv. Center, then to Polk and the Eastwood TC.

Starting at Waugh, the new 11 Heights Dallas Telephone shares the Frequent Network segment with the new 10 Kirby Dallas Polk. Past Eastwood TC, the 11 goes back to a tiny bit of Leeland, then proceeds on the whole of Telephone road all the way to Hobby Airport taking in the meantime an odd turn-back or deviation on Morley, Glencrest, and Broadway.

If the combined 10/11 works as advertised (that is, if METRO can coordinate these two bus routes in the Frequent segment), it will be really, really cool. The overlapping of two medium-frequency routes into a high-frequency segment is something I don't think METRO has ever done before.

12 Memorial Canal

This medium (or 'blue') frequency route is mis-named in that it does not travel the entirety of Memorial within the METRO service area or in the general area of Houston. It only starts at Memorial @ Waugh, but Memorial west of there is very low-ridership, and the loss of a full single Memorial route is one of the trade-offs we have had to make for the thing that will be our Frequent Network. Let's call this thing 'Canal Memorial East'?

However, this route does tie in Memorial Park indirectly to the Frequent Network, and it offers service indirectly to the many souls on Navigation. Again, in my predictions for the draft roll-out, the loss of the current 48 Navigation took me by surprise, but seeing that service on Canal serves the areas both north and south of that street rather than having service on Navigation serving only the south part of that area in regard to the half-mile desired walking radius makes me see METRO's thinking on this.

The new 12 Memorial Canal does take in E. Navigation and comes back west along that part of Harrisburg taking it to the route's at Magnolia TC. I was hoping METRO would not have to take that fool turnback on Harrisburg. Had the East Line been built to its logical conclusion at Hobby Airport, that part of Navigation would still have had to have been addressed in some way, I think. A wee bit tricky, but nothing compared to the north of Houston.

If I understand correctly, there has been mass-transit along Canal street for more than a hundred years. That custom continues for years to come.

14 Washington

Taking part of the routing of the current 85 Antoine Limited, the new 14 Washington serves that most hip of intersections, Heights @ Washington.

15 Lyons

Like the 7 Richmond, we have here a route that has a psuedo-branch to a lower-frequency segment of the route: this time we have blue going to green with the green portion taking the very last eastern part of Tidwell east of Mesa TC taking routings of the current 45 Tidwell and the 97 Settegast Shuttle.

Yes, the current 45 Tidwell will be no more. More on this when we get to the Tidwell routes proper. 348 Food Bank Shuttle, 30 Clinton (Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor TC branch), a tiny bit of 11 Nance, and the 80 Lyons. It is not clear from the map whether this route services the Houston Food Bank.

Here is an example of how METRO had to do routings to avoid as many at-grade railroad crossings as possible: Wayside @ McCarty being one of many in our system that brought down the number of bus-railroad-track crossings in the re-imagined system over our current system by thirty percent.

And for the first time ever, perhaps, the whole of Lyons is served by one bus route. Just looking at this route, though, makes my head hurt for the METRO planning team who had to do a lot of thought-work on all these northeast routes. How to handle these green and blue routes was about 90% of the work our agency put into this Draft map and continues to put into the coming Final map.

Thoughts on the Draft re-imagined transit network - Part 1 of 7 is your place for all-things System Re-imagining. I refer you directly to METRO's System Re-imagining site at, but I've included on my page not only links to METRO's page but other goodies you will not see on METRO's pages including my rendition of the new and old bus networks on Google Maps Engine Pro.

In this Google Maps Engine Pro rendition, you can toggle on and off various layers including the old bus network, the new Frequent Network, and the other routes in the Frequent Network. This rendition is how I have been able to get a good grasp of our draft transit network for the next few years and work up this series of blog posts detailing my thoughts on the network as a whole and every route in the network specifically.

METRO's route-by-route summary of all local bus routes in the re-imagined network



Too-Downtown centric... not enough buses in high-density areas... Orphaned outlying bus route endings... Going north-south... Confusing circuitous routes and route-branches... Such have been the issues with our current local bus network that have been rotting on the shelf for literally decades.

The new Draft network, open for public comment until the end of June, fixes most or all of these problems and except in the Outer Loop Northeast and North is a brilliant improvement in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Houstonians and many, many others in the Multi-Cities from all walks of life.


North of Willowbend and south of Memorial, the bus service will be enormous. Some direct connections, such as Westheimer to Richmond, Galleria to Greenway, and Greenway to Rice Village will be missed, but the idea is that the increased frequency of service with the greatly-expanded Frequent network will offset the dearth of those direct trips.

Mission Bend P&R becomes a true transit hub for the far-west and West Oaks areas for the first time with the 4 Beechnut's deviation to same being very nifty as well as the 32 Eldridge's segment between that transit hub and West Oaks Mall, even if it is a green route.

METRO has gone out of its way to de-orphanize the western termini of a lot of east-west routings in this part of town and everywhere across METRO's service area, and it will be interesting to see how ridership does in this part of town.


I do not believe there has ever been a single route going the whole of Memorial. I do believe Memorial City could be serviced by even more routes than it is, already.

Like Mission Bend P&R, Addicks P&R becomes an effective transit center as well, though the keeping the name to 'P&R' in both instances is sensible to avoid confusion for P&R commuters.

Capital Park Way and Westway Park Blvd. become an effective transit center with three turnbacks meeting there. Bravo to METRO for this!

And bravo to METRO for the use of W. Little York P&R for bringing Tidwell and Gessner routings together for perhaps the first time ever. I look forward to seeing what the new 95 Jones will do.

FM 1960's routings have become more complicated with six routes to, from, and in that area whereas it currently has four. Still, though, one of these six routes is indeed the 95 Jones that connects this far-flung part of town directly to the Frequent Network.


Greenspoint TC is a huge transit hub servicing routes going to FM 1960, IAH, Greenspoint, and with its Frequent Network 54 Airline Montrose.


Low ridership plus these areas not being great job centers makes this part of our area the red-headed step-child. God help us re FLEX, on which I am not keen. I'd much-rather have some more green routes, but if ridership is as low as METRO surmises, FLEX may very well be the most cost-effective solution at this time.

FLEX will be a hard, hard sell.


This part of northeast Houston fares much better than that outside the Loop with at least plenty of greens to go around. The lack of Frequent service up Hirsch or N. Wayside is lamentable.

Inner Loop North and Northwest are well-served by the Frequent Network.

INNER LOOP EAST / Buffalo Bayou

All-green through here with Galena Park's service being reduced with the demise of the full current 30 Clinton Galena Park branch...


METRO has kept the number of buses travelling through Downtown to a minimum, but could not take all the buses out of Downtown entirely.

TMC / South-of-Downtown

Very good service throughout, though south of OST, inclusive, there are plenty of routes, but no Frequent Network until Bellfort.


That being south of Beechnut and west of Hwy. 288... Things are much-cleaned-up in this part of town with Hiram Clarke being the true transit hub, though with no Frequent connection.

FAR SOUTHEAST / Hobby Airport

The 70 Bellfort is the Frequent Network in this area, but the ridership has never justified a direct bus service to either airport.


The 50 Shepherd comes to mind, first as does the 54 Airline Montrose. 4 Beechnut's deviation at its west end is very nice, and the 32's connection to West Oaks is very cool, however infrequent it may be.

The 95 Jones is the most-startling change in the system, quite honestly.

Next blog post, we get to the routes themselves...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 28: Tuesday 13 May 2014: The Draft Map

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 28: Tuesday 13 May 2014: The Draft Map by jeffrags View METRO's Draft Proposed System Re-imagining Network Map at

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 27 - 8 May 2014: System Reimagining Roll-out!

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 27 - 8 May 2014: System Reimagining Roll-out! by jeffrags View METRO's Draft Proposed System Re-imagining Network Map at

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 25: Done with the past - on with the future: 7 May 2014

With this, the gigantic re-telling of Galveston-Houston mass-transit comes to a close. Whew!! HoustonOnTheGo Episode 25: Done with the past - on with the future: 7 May 2014 by jeffrags

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Mike McMahon's redesigned METRO

Mike McMahon a few years ago did his own re-design of METRO's transit network using a grid-type route system.  The thing is quite beautiful, and I wish I had time today to give it a detailed look because clearly there is a lot of work put into this project.

All of METRO's current routes (as of 2011) are analyzed, a comprehensive map of the new network is included, with detailed rationale for same.  I've tried doing this sort of thing myself, but I think he has me beat.

Well-done, Mike!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 24 - 2 May 2014: The spanner in the works: early 2014

Wow!  Seven episodes in one day, even with the last coming after midnight of the day following...  I cannot imagine having such a day of podcasting ever again unless I do a really-long show and have to edit the thing a lot.

Thanks for listening, everyone - six days to (hopefully) the System Re-imagining roll-out!!

  HoustonOnTheGo Episode 24 - 2 May 2014: The spanner in the works: early 2014 by jeffrags

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HoustonOntheGo Episode 23: System Re-imagining: autumn 2012 - 5 May 2014

This is the episode I was dreading because of the great amount of time that would be spent on its preparation, but I think it came out pretty well! It's by-far the longest episode, and once I go into doing interviews, I will be having longer ones than this. Enjoy! HoustonOntheGo Episode 23: System Re-imagining: autumn 2012 - 5 May 2014 by jeffrags

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HoustonOntheGo Episode 22 - 1 May 2014: Christof gets drafted: summer 2012

HoustonOntheGo Episode 22 - 1 May 2014: Christof gets drafted: summer 2012 by jeffrags

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HoustonOnTheGo Episode 21 - 1 May 2014: Annise, Gilbert, & George: 2010 - 2012

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 21 - 1 May 2014: Annise, Gilbert, & George: 2010 - 2012 by jeffrags

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HoustonOnTheGo Episode 20 - 1 May 2014: The rogues gallery: 2003-2009

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 20 - 1 May 2014: The rogues gallery: 2003-2009 by jeffrags

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HoustonOnTheGo Episode 19 - 1 May 2014: Mayor Bob & Mayor Brown: 1992-2003

HoustonOnTheGo Episode 19 - 1 May 2014: Mayor Bob & Mayor Brown: 1992-2003 by jeffrags

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HoustonOnTheGo Episode 18 - 1 May 2014: METRO's early years: 2 January 1979 to 1991

Alas, I cannot at this time find where METRO at has put up the June 2014 service changes online. Anyway, enjoy the show! HoustonOnTheGo Episode 18: METRO's early years: 2 January 1979 to 1991 by jeffrags

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