Talk:Westpark Tollway

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Merger Discussion of Fort Bend Westpark Tollway into Westpark Tollway[edit]

  • Merge Dustimagic 23:33, 12 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Merge sounds like the way to go on this one Souperman 09:22, 14 December 2005 (UTC)
  • Depends Both articles seem to focus on the Fort Bend Westpark Tollway with little mention of the Harris County Westpark Tollway portion of the tollway. If they are merged, both toll road authorities need to be given equal time. They probably should be merged into one article called "Westpark Tollway" that talks about both tollroads. --WisTex 01:27, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

First electronic tollway in the world?[edit]

This article states that the Westpark Tollway is the first fully electronic tollway in the world. Ummm, that's simply incorrect. The 407 in Toronto, Canada was the first. The CityLink Tollway in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia followed shortly after. It's my understanding that this is the first fully electronic tollway in the United States, NOT the world.

60.228.64.62 02:45, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

  • Best I can tell, the CityLink Tollway in Sydney you mention is the Cross City Tunnel, which opened in August 2005 (after Westpark) [1]. But you do appear to be right on the Toronto 407 [2] - I will make the change and thanks for noticing it. I'm not sure where the notion that it was the first in the world came from (may have been my mistake)... HCTRA only claims first in the US, anyway [3]. Souperman 08:22, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

Rail right of way[edit]

The article states, "Westpark Drive and its corresponding railroad right-of-way do not intersect METRORail at any point, much less Wheeler Station."

Note that the rail right of way actually runs (or ran, before recent construction, dunno if it was consumed) well past the end of Westpark, immediately adjacent to the US 59 trench by the time 59 reaches Hazard. They should be able to run rail all the way through to the vicinity of Wheeler Station, if they so choose. --Mr Wednesday 04:43, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

  • My understanding was that the railroad ROW was a spur past the Bellaire Junction (most traffic went north or south at the junction) - it basically went to the lumber yard on Greenbriar & the Southwest Freeway and stopped shortly thereafter, right before Hazard. The 1982 USGS map on Terraserver backs me up on this [4], though we all know how accurate those can be. If they use that ROW, it would seem that they would have to run it through the lumberyard (presumably with their permission), gain a new ROW from the neighborhood (as the "northbound" access road to 59 stops at Hazard), take the parking lot from a couple shopping centers, then somehow route it north of the freeway to get to Wheeler - hence why Councilwoman Clutterbuck and Congressman Culberson didn't manage to make that one fly. --Souperman 05:38, 27 October 2006 (UTC)