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Thanks for doing this work Chris. The 7-23-mile band makes sense as a lot of the incremental housing units were allowed to go in growth-hungry places like Round Rock, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Kyle, etc. (See the large area from 15-21 miles between the 2 curves on the graph.) On the flip side, near-city infill (apartments, duplexes, etx.) in places like Hyde Park, Zilker/Bouldin, Old West Austin, etc. was routinely opposed both formally (McMansion ordinance) and informally.
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@Jardinero I agree with your point but I don't think this is really a distortion on the part of the Census Bureau. Take a place I have been to several times, Magnolia: in 2000 it was more of a self-contained "town" of its own while now its residents are much more likely to commute to/from Houston and the other suburbs for work/play.
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Yes, I agree with you about the Drag but the downtown stops slow the bus significantly in my experience. Last year, it took me 48 minutes to get from 5th and Congress to North Loop and Lamar, leaving at 5:20pm. In my car, even in the same congestion it would take ~25 min.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on "Urban rail" at Austin Contrarian
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Anyway, I totally agree with Chris here - if we need more "non-reserved guideway" (i.e. road vehicle) capacity so sorely, why not just buy more buses? In fact, I could dramatically improve bus travel times TOMORROW in the central corridor. Just remove half the stops (or more). It's ridiculous to stop once every block.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on "Urban rail" at Austin Contrarian
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North of the river, seems to be MUCH less of a substantive issue with side-street options like San Antonio. (I know, Mike - there's NO WAY it will be as good as the 2000 plan. Totally agree.)
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on "Urban rail" at Austin Contrarian
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I think he's saying that point-to-point buses (e.g. a true express bus with 1 stop) will likely be faster than light rail on the same route. This is because light rail might stop once/mile for 10 miles vs. one stop in 10 miles for the express bus. Basically you have to control for the # of stops.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on "Urban rail" at Austin Contrarian
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Also, just want to thank you for your in-depth analysis of census-tract population changes, the underlying causes, and their implications. It's a true public service and very edifying.
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