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Old August 26th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #2781
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^ Are you sure it's a conspiracy XfX???
I'm not "sure" it is, but i believe it is yeah.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 07:57 AM   #2782
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I'm not "sure" it is, but i believe it is yeah.

^ I wouldn't mind that this major Tri-Country Hwy as long as a high speed train would be built along side.

XfX, I'll see you at the LA Meet!!!!!!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #2783
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Toronto gets it the worst. Our dickhead primeminister hates us and our transit budget is half that of Pheonix metro's!

Next time vote for him and you might get more money.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:34 AM   #2784
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From rumors I heard, this super-highway would have everything, car lanes, trains, power lines, oil piping, water, etc. Many people hate it because they fear that it is the start of the NAU (North American Union) and that is why I like it.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:39 AM   #2785
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I was on the I-90 today outside of Buffalo. The tollbooths in the US are ridiculous; there was a traffic jam just to get through the damn thing. Then another to go over Grand Island. They need to ditch those in favour of fully electronic tolling. No stopping, no slowing down, no traffic woes. And no need for a fistfull of dollar bills in your car either.
I believe Washington State has a system where there are toll booths, and there are electronic toll collectors. If you use the electronic toll collectors, your fare is much lower than the booths.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #2786
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I believe Washington State has a system where there are toll booths, and there are electronic toll collectors. If you use the electronic toll collectors, your fare is much lower than the booths.
This is more what I meant:



No toll booths at all. Maybe we'll see more of this in the near future.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:11 AM   #2787
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I suspect if a Democrat wins the White House this year, we'll see the double nickeal speed limit again by the end of next year. Not so much for safety reasons, but to conserve gasoline.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 03:29 AM   #2788
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I was on the I-90 today outside of Buffalo. The tollbooths in the US are ridiculous; there was a traffic jam just to get through the damn thing. Then another to go over Grand Island. They need to ditch those in favour of fully electronic tolling. No stopping, no slowing down, no traffic woes. And no need for a fistfull of dollar bills in your car either.
Thats what EZ Pass is for.lol.

People have been fighting the Grand Island tolls and the Williamsville tolls might be moved out in Akron I think.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 05:13 AM   #2789
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This is more what I meant:



No toll booths at all. Maybe we'll see more of this in the near future.
They are doing this in Texas as well, starting with the George Bush toll road around Dallas. The state DOT intends to remove all toll booths soon using an updated toll tag system I believe Washington state is using.

The new Nafta highway will have this too. There is a good chance the rest of the free interstates will have toll bypasses as I-69.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #2790
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Frontage/access roads are more the exception than the rule on USA freeways/tollways. Some areas use them more than others (ie, Texas and metro Detroit, MI), but they are the exception.

Local access is normally maintained via nearby streets.

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Thanks for your answer.
Yes, I think that was my mistake, I suppossed something that was incorrect because I have only driven in Texan Cities like San Antonio, Houston and Austin, so I believed that all US freeways have the same pattern.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 06:21 AM   #2791
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Taking that into consideration it is interesting to note than in 2007 the United States transported more freight (billions of tonne-kilometers) than any other nation by rail.
Well, America is the 3rd largest country in the world and the two above it, Russia and China, have vast swaths of land where there are no railroads whatsoever.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 06:26 AM   #2792
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It will be funny to see how the anti-social, limited government south will handle the continued population increases and resulting traffic and pollution that it incurs. Will the cities keep expanding outward in an era of peak oil and high gas prices? Will they maintain their anti-tax zealotry and refuse to make the necessary investments in infrastructure?

Texas is growing due to foreign immigration (legal and illegal). It still has a very low population density.
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...getting back to the super Highway and whatnot. If this major corridor is built are they have toll booth and how will they charge, dollars or amero?
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:25 AM   #2794
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What our state has currently for the SR 16 Tacoma Narrows bridge is eletronic toll collection where those are used for those who have a pass mounted to the windshield, otherwise, you must pay cash at a toll booth. Probably a better comparison would be Toronto's Highway 407 where they take a picture of the license plate and you pay the toll by mail
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Old August 27th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #2795
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I suspect if a Democrat wins the White House this year, we'll see the double nickeal speed limit again by the end of next year. Not so much for safety reasons, but to conserve gasoline.
Modern cars don't consume much more fuel with 75 mph or 60 mph. It begins to add up if you constantly hit speeds above 80 mph. My car is most fuel efficient at 75 mph (=47 mpg).

If they really want to conserve gasoline they should

1) Change to more fuel efficient diesel
2) Buy fuel efficient cars
3) Avoid stop-and-go-traffic in cities
4) Resolve some of the worst traffic jams
5) Lower the speed limits for trucks to 50 / 55 mph.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 02:41 PM   #2796
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Thats what EZ Pass is for.lol.

People have been fighting the Grand Island tolls and the Williamsville tolls might be moved out in Akron I think.
The EZ pass is no better, you still have everyone slowing down (at best).
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Old August 28th, 2008, 05:10 AM   #2797
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If the trucks are in decent condition and if the truck drivers can understand enough english to understand the traffic signs then I don't see why this is a problem
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Old August 28th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #2798
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...getting back to the super Highway and whatnot. If this major corridor is built are they have toll booth and how will they charge, dollars or amero?
I would say dollars, because I believe that any form of currency union between the United States and either one or both of Canada and Mexico would result in the United States dollar being the currency. I highly doubt that there will be a currency called the "amero" in North America. If they must introduce a new currency, I still think it will be called the "dollar".
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Old August 28th, 2008, 08:30 AM   #2799
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I see sometimes Canadian trucks in Southern California. Is it possible due to NAFTA agreements or there is a special agreement between Canada and the USA?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 12:16 AM   #2800
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I dont think Canadian trucks have the same restrictions as Mexican trucks. I see a few trucks with Ontario license plates here in Houston.
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