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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:38 AM

So i'm moving to Texas

My dad moved to Texas 15 years ago he's not in the best health I'm moving down from NYC to help him out. I have a questionfor those that live there how's the mass transit system around Houston I'm legally blind and don't drive thank you in advance for answering

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Reply So i'm moving to Texas (Original post)
Arcanetrance Nov 2012 OP
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #1
roody Nov 2012 #2
BillyJack Nov 2012 #3
cyclezealot Nov 2012 #5
Warpy Nov 2012 #4
SheilaT Nov 2012 #6
blkmusclmachine Nov 2012 #7
MrModerate Nov 2012 #8
TexasTowelie Nov 2012 #9
johncoby2 Nov 2012 #10
Lisa0825 Nov 2012 #11
ROBROX Nov 2012 #12
Texas Lawyer Nov 2012 #13
Paladin Nov 2012 #14
Arcanetrance Nov 2012 #15
w8liftinglady Nov 2012 #16
ceile Nov 2012 #17
Lisa0825 Dec 2012 #18

Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:57 AM

1. Do yourself a favor

Post this Monday AM

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:01 AM

2. I believe that it is not very good,

but that is old info from visiting family there years ago.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:09 AM

3. Sending my sympathy that you need to move to one of the two "crazy states" n/t

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Response to BillyJack (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:50 AM

5. Being legally blind

might be an asset. That and living in an air conditioned bubble suit.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:27 AM

4. If you can afford cabs, it'll be fine.

Bus service, even in good systems, is often hit or miss the farther out from downtown you get.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:03 AM

6. The last time I was in Houston in the mid-70's

I found the traffic to be at least as bad as the traffic in Teheran. The bus service at the time was abysmal. Hopefully it's improved a lot.

Frankly, if you hadn't already made the decision to move yourself, I'd be telling you to have your dad move to your city.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 03:09 AM

7. What mass transit system?

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:37 AM

8. Public transit in Houston sucks.

The problem is that the city is so big (Greater Houston -- including the near/medium distance suburbs -- is about 50 miles across) that no affordable public transit plan could possibly keep up. When Houston developers want to create new housing, they don't go up, they go out (primarily west and north).

So no light rail; inadequate bus service outside the cores (they have two city cores, another problem); and subways? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Also, since Texas has no state income tax and considers zoning is strictly for sissies, there's neither good planning nor any State money for public transit. Plus, only "the little people" need public transit, and the guys with the money just don't care.

If you don't drive, you're pretty much hosed unless you live very close in.

It's one of the reasons I hated Houston and why I left. That plus it's in Texas, of course.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:11 AM

9. Here is the Website for the Harris County/Houston area.

http://www.ridemetro.org/Default.aspx

I hope that this will give you some clues about what to expect. Good luck!

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:17 AM

10. I think it all depends upon where you are going

Where are you staying and where is your dad staying?

If he is in the hospital district and you are on the light rail course, you should be fine. If you are in Clear Lake and he is downtown, you will need more than mass transit.

It really all depends.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

11. Here is a blog post that may be helpful....

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:42 PM

12. METROLIFT RULES

 

AFFORDABLE and it gets you there without having to worry about stop and go traffic.

I guess this would mean this city is part of the 21st century.

I am from California and I did go to school and work in the SOUTH. I was even called a YANKEE by a few of these people in fun. Good people generally, but the 1% can be CRAZY. Do not ask for sour dough toast or bread as this may not be available in the south, stick to fried foods.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:14 PM

13. I moved from NYC to Houston years ago. You will miss the mass transit you have enjoyed in NYC.

Houston has many great benefits, but mass transit is not really a strong suit of the city.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:37 PM

14. Ignore The Texas-Bashers.


I think you'll end up liking Houston. Check with local health service groups for transportation possibilities. Let us know how things work out. Best wishes.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:41 PM

15. I ignore anyone who broadbrushes anywhere

I always find they really have no desire to experience a place that isn't in their comfort area as much as I love my home I know it's not the wonderful liberal utopia everyone likes to pretend it is in fact due to the amount of people I find very large concentrations of racist individuals

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:04 PM

16. when you get here,get to know Democrats.

We look after each other.Welcome to Texas,hon!

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 04:28 PM

17. it's not great especially in the suburbs

however, Houston METRO I bet has a special disabled service they provide- most TX cities do. Also, you can contact various State agencies and get special passes/discounts. TX Commission for the Blind may be able to help too.

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Response to Arcanetrance (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 12:20 PM

18. When you get settled here, we should have a DU meet up :-)

Post about it or PM me if/when you want to do so. We have several DUers in the area.

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