Thursday, August 12, 2004
Houston's Streetcars unsafe
Story here. Yeah, this doesn't seem to have anything to do with me, but actually I have first-hand experience of the dangerous Houston railway. A couple co-workers and I visited Houston a few months back, and we drove through the streets of downtown Houston at about 11pm, crossing over these tracks multiple times. The tracks are very badly designed -- they are exactly at street level, and it's easy to miss that you're nearing the tracks at all. And the tracks run parallel to one of the roads, basically sharing the same pavement space almost as a left lane. It's just plain bad civil engineering.