Transcript: The resources which were accessible through rail were Museum District (Art), Texas Medical Center, Downtown, Midtown. These resources matter because many people have their work in certain areas and the train can be a convenient way to reach there. The family-based resources accessible through the train is Hermann Park, Museums, Zoo. However, these resources are only beneficial to those who have more time in their hands. Not those who belong to low SES and have no time because of work or money to go to these places. As well as this exclusion have great impact because they have a official background knowledge or any opportunity to get that education to help them learn. The community transportation greatly benefit the and is a sole source to go around town. People using the transportation find it very convenient. It is especially convient to those who works in the medical center or do park and ride system. This benefits many people especially the office workers, local workers, construction workers, local civilians, students etc. However, people who are excluded from it are people of low SES that can't afford it! As the train also has a stop in Museum District there are so many museums but we had a hard time finding the one that was free. This meant that people from low SES do not really have a chance to experience art museums because of money and time. Which excluded them from learning the history of art, the artists. There is way more than just art itself that they miss out on. There was a free sculpture garden which in the museum district. Also, I noticed that when coming to the area of Elgin/Third Ward there was some artwork on the wall. This different artwork showed the different lifestyle of the people living in different areas. One thing that I have noticed is that people have a really hard time getting groceries. There are not any grocery store expect ONE Fiesta! Which was extremely surprising, it showed how people, especially from the Third Ward area, had a really hard time getting grocery and have to travel a long distance in order to get grocery. As for basic needs, there are several food chain restaurants some are extremely expensive for the people of low SES to afford such as in the area of Downtown and Midtown. One way I can help my students overcome the situation is by understanding their situation. Get to know them personally. If my student is late/absent to class because of their transportation situation then I want to be considerate and be able to work the child. Meet with them after class to work on catching up. Students who have to take a train might be little more responsible to get to school on time. Some of the benefits can be it lessen the burden of the parents that they don't have to physically drop off their kids to the school. However, there could be disadvantages of taking the train as well for the students one of them which is really common is students being late to class because of the traffic, accident which can greatly affect their class attendance. Groceries/Basic Needs Accessible Resources Students' Future Green Space LIGHT RAIL Community Transportation On Feb 13th I took a trip toward the South side of Houston with my group to explore the lifestyle of people. We noticed several resources which were and were not available for the people. Our mission was to observe the life of people who use rail as their source of transportation. Let's learn about the things I have observed through this community investigation! Arts As we traveled from the area of Third Ward to the area of Downtown. We noticed that the green spaces started to increase, which means that people from low SES did not have access to a more cleaner environment. The green space makes the area looks nicer as well. Therefore, there were many green spaces around the commercial area compared to the resident area.
Transcript: Goals Inform the public of all the details needed in order to help them decide on their opinion of the light rail Prevent the construction of the light rail into Virginia Beach Prevent our local economy from becoming worse due to the light rail Give our supporters and community a voice on the debate of the light rail construction Our Values We value the well being of our community and the people within it. We are here to protect it from the unnecessary and unreasonable construction plans proposed for our city. We value the safety of our people, and wish to maintain our local economy at a level of comfortable stability. Our Perspective Crime Rates http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/virginia/norfolk.html •The Norfolk, VA violent crime rate is 181% greater than the Virginia average and 97% greater than the national average. •Overall, the Norfolk, VA crime index is 119% greater than the Virginia average and 96% greater than the national average. Safety compared between Norfolk and Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA is 48.3% less dangerous to live in than Norfolk, VA. In Virginia Beach, VA as compared to Norfolk, VA you are: 62.0% less likely to get robbed, 77.9% less likely to get murdered, 62.1% less likely yo get your car stolen. There are currently two estimates available to the public right now One that extends The Tide from Newton Road to Virginia Beach Town Center ($254 million) and one that goes to the Oceanfront ($807 million) Current Construction in Virginia Beach I-264/Lynnhaven Parkway Interchange Improvements this is costing us $ 18,596,675 Lynnhaven Parkway at Holland Rd to Lishelle Place this project is costing us $24.9 million Nimmo Parkway this will cost us, by estimate, $ 59.65 million Princess Road Expansion will cost us $ 54 million Keep in mind, we still have up to 5 projects that are soon to be started which could cost us up to $ 264 million dollars facebook We would create a facebook page and advertise it through our current supporters pages and profiles. protest Create a petition against the construction of the light rail, and have people go door to door in order to spread the word Have posters be put up that give our website name, and further contact information of our group to get more information in order to become more informed about the subject twitter We would create a mass tweet, and notify local twitter celebrities and ask them to inform their followers. media We would create a local broadcast of an informative video including the negative effects this will have on taxpayers and Virginia Beach residents. We would create a website the includes all the information about the light rail and all the information of how to contribute and voice their opinions to local representatives and council. visits We would go to local businesses and schools to talk with staff members to inform them of the future light rail proposal and the costs it will take and the negativity it will hold for their funding and tax paying responsibilities. With the help of our community and ,hopefully, the success of our campaign, we hope to prevent the construction of the Light-rail due to its unsuccessful future here in our lovely city of Virginia Beach. So, please, pass on the word. No Light-rail. Thank you for listening! By: Brittany Richie Images courtesy of Google Crime rates from Norfolk will flow into our community These are not small numbers; and while certainly the city would try to get federal and state aid for such a project (which does come from VB taxpayer money), the balance falls directly upon the residents. Not enough future profit for local economy Norfolk crime rate statistics: More statistics •The Norfolk, VA property crime rate is 114% greater than the Virginia average and 95% greater than the national average. We Should Not Build The Light Rail In Virginia Beach you tell us, what is more important? The current construction to our roads, or the construction of something that could further hinder our necessary improvements? Our current reconstruction of roads will be under funded The Damage
Transcript: Light Rail Before my first week at the University of Houston, I thought about how I was going to get to campus and how long it was going to take. 45 minutes. Driving. And that was just without traffic. I had never used public transportation before, so I did not know what to expect from it. But it beat driving, that is for sure. View Point That is one of the main reasons I take the light rail today. It is convenient for many students to take the light rail to get to campus and back home, that is why so many students use it. But it is way more than just the students; tourists, employees, and people from the neighboring communities use it for their benefit as well. As a light rail user, I know that the majority of people I see are from the communities the light rail passes through going north from Central Station. Communities near Moody Park or Lindale. But you will rarely ever find someone that lives in the communities going down south. Why? Because the majority are upper class. Unlike the north side where the majority are lower class. And you will never see an upper class person on the light rail because they own cars or have the money to take ubers. Benefits So why is the light rail built through these locations? I personally believe it is because of money. Money from tourists who want to explore museums or want to explore downtown without spending money on parking. Money from patients who need to go to the hospital for medical reasons. Money from employees that are going to work. For example, lets say there is a person who lives in Lindale, does not own a car, and works in the medical center. How will they make it to work? Using the most convenient option they have, the light rail. And the employee is benefiting from it, but someone else is too. The employer AKA the upper class. As my group and I were traveling down south, we found so many businesses, attractions, restaurants. Places where you go spend some money for fun. There were not many places where children could go and play, especially for free. Hermann Park was the only place we could find. Everything else was enclosed by fences. But who wants to travel 45 minutes to get to the park? I know I would not. Since the majority of people are upper class, you will rarely find grocery stores or retail around that area. But if you go up north you will. That is mainly because, again, money. People live in communities that need all these basic needs. Even people who live in Third Ward use the light rail to get these needs because they are not available in their communities. And, of course, the upper class profits from them. As a future educator, I would want my students to come to school every day. Whether they get dropped off from a car, go on the school bus, or take the Metro. I heard a mom, a couple weeks ago on the light rail, telling her son that he had to learn how to get on the train on his own so he could get groceries for his family. And it is crazy to think about that. How safe is it for children to be riding on the train by themselves? Future Goal 1 I understand that sometimes it is necessary for children to get on the light rail to go to school. And not just schools - stores to buy food, school supplies and clothes. It is convenient for them. The only problem I have with the light rail is that it does not take them to a specific place, they have to walk sometimes to get there. Especially if they stay after school and it starts to become dark out, it is not safe to be out there alone. It is not even that safe during the day. I want my students to come to school every day and I want them to feel safe and ready to learn. GOAL 2 Photos by (Michael Duke) MichaelDukePhoto.com
Transcript: Public Relations Program for a Transportaion Industry History Light Rail Transit Authority Industry Analysis Market
Transcript: The Metro light rail runs through a vast amount of areas in the city of Houston. Ironically as it is though, some of the areas this train rides through probably can’t afford to buy a ticket to get on it. When getting onto the train, I noticed that our stop was right in front of a neighborhood that had houses with broken windows, people sitting in the streets begging for money, and trash everywhere. This was noticed at most stops. They weren’t the cleanest, although it being public transportation, most areas hadn’t been kept up with in a very long time. Also, there were almost no parks for children to go and play on. Children need a place away from home to play and get out energy. The route we took only had one very large play ground. They other problem was the it was in the middle of two stops, so it was a long walk from the stop to the park. Personally, I don’t believe that children should be on train like these. I didn’t even want to be on it. I didn’t feel safe at all, and I know a child wouldn’t either. But some children have to take this as it is their only choice. We need to teach them how to be safe while riding and to not talk to strangers. This would benefit our relationship in a good way. This is because the student will be on time to class and not late or disruptive. This works out in everybody’s favor that the student has transportation even though his parent/guardian can’t bring him It all depended too on which way we traveled. Certain areas had more resources than the others. But not everyone can spend all day traveling to the other side of town. Most people we interviewed were traveling to get to work. We saw one person that was a tourist but they were only interested in the "known" parts of Houston. Most people that come here want to see the big things that Houston is known for and don't nessisarily know how bad the poverty stricken areas are. Light rail experience The children in areas like this most likely will come to school hungry. This can disrupt a child's focus and then that child could begin to start being a distraction in class. Ashley Barlow Why is this a problem? How does this effect me as a teacher? I also noticed that no matter which way you went, there was no doctors offices or clinics anywhere. There was a pharmacy but that's about it, and I'm not sure it was even open. This could be a big issue in a class, because the child will most likely always come to school when they're sick. Another HUGE issue was the people surrounding the areas the metro goes through. My group was approached by two men. One was so drugged, he couldn't get anything but mumbles out. Another man asked us for money and hassled us until we walked away. This is a huge issue for a child. Especially if they travel alone. They are too young to defend them selves. This transportation benefits the people that can afford to ride it to get to where they need to go. Most people we interviewed rode it everyday so that they didn’t have to try and find parking spots downtown, nor fight Houston traffic. The train didn’t really have stops at grocery stores. Not that it just didn’t stop near one, there really weren’t any to stop at. This is one reason why these neighborhoods struggle to find food. It’s extremely important to have a store and clinic near by. We only saw one of each through out an entire 2 hour hunt. The areas that the metro runs trough are very poor, poverty stricken neighborhoods. The big problem with there not being many stores is that fact that because of this, children aren't getting the proper means they need. Most of the time, a parent is working all day and does not have the time to travel and find a store. Another problem was the fact that some stores didn't sell everything a family would need for an actual mean. If we were to have gone the opposite direction on the metro, all there was, was a convenience store. Which doesn't sell meats or fruits. Community transportation Who does it benefit? What are the major resources? Conclusion Other major issues noticed
Transcript: Light Rail to the Int. District Overarching Analysis Topic 1 UW Station Analysis Wide bridge leading to the station Security Camera & Guard placement Information Board Area Cleanliness Convenience of Orca tap stations Accommodates large influx of people, feels less crowded Contributes to feelings of safety in vital areas Delivers important transit info for the respective area Feels professional, functional, & supervised Hassle-free and accommodated to use upon entry or exit Construction & Placement Topic 2 Topic 2 Capitol Hill Station Analysis Art captures the eyes of the passengers away from the dull light rail, providing visual stimulation and a sense of liveliness Active guard promotes sense of security Chairs in sets promote community and connections Non-Discrimination policy demands the civil inclusivity of all passengers, with little to no room for discrimination Bike-rack/Storage area caters to the needs of bikers and luggage carriers alike, reducing the hassle and worry of hindering the rider experience for other passengers Community & Inclusion Topic 3 Westlake Station Analysis Map Board shows the train route and all different stops, providing a sense of self-navigation and confidence Hazards sign shows what materials and/or actions are not permitted in the train, ensuring the area is safe for all passengers Overhead loops give a sense of safety and are vital for standing passengers when the train feels shaky Directions & Safety Topic 4 Topic 4 University Street Station Analysis Bright lighting envokes safety and livelyness Geometric patterns of wall tiles convey a feeling of stability, similarly to other station terminals Color palette of Gray, Black, White, and Brown gives an academic and professional impression of the location. Lighting and Texture Topic 5 Pioneer Square Station Analysis Designated seats for elderly/disabled welcomes community Ads offers eye-catching entertainment when commuting Benches accommodate more people and empathetic to those waiting Decor in station promotes inclusivity Handrails allow more riders to sit/stand comfortably Interaction & Comfort Topic 6 International District Station Analysis Chain-link fences covered in canvas highlight feats of construction and compliment architectural aesthetic The terminal feeds into the street from below ground, into a neighborhood with visibly apparent unique character Gentrification & Character Concluding Analysis Topic 6 Safe Streamlined Complimentary Efficient Inclusive Marketable Amounts to being a city staple of public transport that carves through various communities. Meant to increase the "mobility" of nearby communities, although may indirectly displace original members. What? Why?
Transcript: Accessibility to different resources is very important through the communities that the train runs through. Majority of the people on the train were part of the working class community. There is a possibility that they live in a community that the trail runs through. If they do, they should have a greater verity of resources to choose from and they should be closer to the rail. Another thing I noticed while on the train was that a lot of the buildings right next to the rail were closed down or were being turned into new apartments. Reflection (Continued) Natalia Leija Resources by the light rail Reflection Impact of the light rail Every school district in Houston is very diverse. Children who have to ride the train might feel belittled because their other peers get to go to class with a car. The arriving time of the train isn't always the same. Students will have to have a buffer time in order to get to school on time everyday. This means they have to wake up earlier than their other peers who may have another source of transportation. This will make the children more tired throughout the school day. As an educator you have to be aware of the different resources the children have available outside of school. Something that I noticed was that there were no libraries near the rail. This would be one of the drawbacks of the area. Not all of the students will have access to technology outside of school. In the world we live in now, technology plays such a huge part in majority of our lives. There are many great resources online that a teacher would be able to use. Resources (continued) During our ride on the light rail, I noticed that majority of the people riding it were part of the working class. The surroundings and settings changed depending on the rail you got on and how far you went on it. There is a small amount of basic need resources surrounding the rail. A homeless man went inside prior to us to ask if one of the cashiers could provide bills for his change. Before getting the chance to ask, the man was escorted out by the guard. It was clear they had rules regarding this. This was something that I have never experienced before. Where I live, there is only guard present after 9 P.M. and there isn't any rules about who can come into the store. Along with the Randalls, we only noticed another grocery store that was opened by the rail. A fiesta that was about a seven minute walk from the rail. The lack of resources available to the public next to the rail makes it dificult for one to go to the store and get everything they need beacuse of the walk that they have to take to and from the rail and to their final destination. Why does accessibility matter? Observations Light Rail Experience and Observations The light rail is broken up into three different lines. The red line, which runs from HCC on 45 to Fannin South. The Green line, which runs from the Theater District to Magnolia Park. The Purple line, which runs from the Theater District to Palm Center. The light rail does benefit all of the people who live in the surrounding areas to a certain extent. Although the light rail does run through different parts of downtown, you'd expect to see more business men and women riding the metro but that is not the case. It's not that they are excluded but they do exclude themselves. There is also a exclusion of mothers with new born children. When on the trail, I did notice a lot of people standing up and holding on tight when the train came to a stop. The lack of seats and availability to seat belts make it difficult for mothers who need to go to the store and don't have access to another form of transportation. OVERVIEW Impact of the rail (continued) Observations (Continued) There weren't many major resources directly by the train. My group and I were on the search for a grocery store and we had to search for one on our phones. One grocery store that popped up on our maps wasn't that far of a walk from the rail, however when we got there we realized that it had been torn down. We searched for another store and we came across a Randalls. The Randalls was two stories tall and it had a Starbucks inside of it. We walked in and I noticed that there was a security guard right by the door. As a group we decided to head south on the rail. There were noticeable differences between the settings. The further we went down, we saw new apartment complexes, expensive restaurants, and tall buildings. Once we got to the museum/medical district we saw a green space. The Miller Outdoor theater park. Although the park is opened to the public, you would only see people who work around the area or privileged people enjoy the park. You don't see many of the lower class people at the park. Another thing that was noticeable different was the art that was accessible to the communities. Majority of the art that is around the area is graffiti. We walked around the stops we decided to get off on to look around and observe the areas. One of
Transcript: Fort Collins will be on the very lower end of this scale at $13 million dollars per mile. Conclusion Light Rail in Fort Collins Mike MacDonald The proposed rail line runs a distance of 6.2 miles for a total of $80.6 million. Determining Costs - Total Costs Breakdown The SD-160 vehicles, produced by Siemens Transportation Systems out of Sacramento, California, cost approximately $4 million apiece for small orders. Light rail is financially feasible and would attract 7% of the population to ride it. Fort Collins is already pursuing a rapid transit solution for the north-south greenbelt along College called MAX, a rapid bus transit system. MAX cost $87 million as compared to light rail's $138.8 million. Individuals will not give up their personal automobile simply because of one light rail line in Fort Collins. The total cost will be $40 million for ten SD-160s. Up to 185 riders, four wheelchair spaces, and room for bikes. SD-160 vehicles in downtown Denver, produced by Siemens Transportation Systems out of Sacramento, California. $80.6 million = 6.2 miles x 13 million per mile of constructed track $40 million = 10 rail cars x 4 million each $12 million maintenance facility $6.2 million for 5% miscellaneous expenses $138.8 million = $80.6m + $40m + $12m + $6.2m Determining Ridership RTD is building rail lines extending from downtown Denver to North of E-470, Boulder, and Longmont. Average construction prices are $15-100 million per mile of track. Light rail has a lot to offer and will someday make more sense for Fort Collins. 1. Cost of Initial Construction 2. Ridership 3. Cultural and Societal Factors A maintenance facility makes repairs, does upkeep of vehicles, cleaning, and storage. Fort Collins estimated maintenance facility $12 million. Determining Costs - Rail Line Construction Methods Conclusion Determining Costs - Light Rail Vehicles and Maintenance Facility 90% of students said they would like to use their car less. 55% said their commute would benefit from a north-south line along College Avenue. The rail line would be within one mile of 60% of all jobs in Fort Collins.
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