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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:01 AM   #4461
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Some pics I took during my summer vacation a year ago, bit of Arizona and the desert. Not even sure if they're worth posting, but meh.

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Thanks for the pictures. It always seems like other peoples freeway pictures seem more exciting than my own. I wonder if everyone feels that way.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 06:19 AM   #4462
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bakatje, they certainly were worth posting, thank you!

Chris, Arizona does maintain its highways very well, which I think is due to two factors: priority of transportation over other demands, including education, and the fact that the state is responsible for a fairly limited number of freeway miles.
Well, I'm not sure education/road funding should be one against the other...they are both important, but...

I agree, definitely worth posting. Phoenix has greatly improved its freeway system over the past couple of decades. In 1985, there was basically one freeway, I-10.

Looks like you needed a little bug cleaning on the windshield at one point.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 07:58 AM   #4463
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Interstate 10 near Austin, TX. Looks so cosy in the morning light.

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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:01 AM   #4464
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I lived in SoCal for 5 years back in the 1990's, and I love the ultra-cool look of the recently built freeways out there. Does it get any better than this?
I-210 Foothill Freeway


I-15 Somewhere near San Bernadino or Riverside
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:03 AM   #4465
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Well, the Foothill is about the only "recently" build freeway there... The I-105 opened 16 years ago.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:03 AM   #4466
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Thanks for the pictures. It always seems like other peoples freeway pictures seem more exciting than my own. I wonder if everyone feels that way.
Why would you think that?

Personally, somehow I love the midwest very much... especially the high plains... so much space and little traffic
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:21 AM   #4467
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Interstate 10 near Austin, TX. Looks so cosy in the morning light.
Not quite--that is actually Houston and the stack shown in the picture is I-10/BW 8 (which does look lovely).
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:35 PM   #4468
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Well, I'm not sure education/road funding should be one against the other...they are both important, but...

I agree, definitely worth posting. Phoenix has greatly improved its freeway system over the past couple of decades. In 1985, there was basically one freeway, I-10.

Looks like you needed a little bug cleaning on the windshield at one point.
We drove a lot, so windshield needed cleaning all the time. xD
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 08:50 PM   #4469
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Thanks for the pictures. It always seems like other peoples freeway pictures seem more exciting than my own. I wonder if everyone feels that way.
I also feel like that, for example about a year ago i put loads of photos on the Portuguese thread and they seemed so bad compared to the other people's ones.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 09:46 PM   #4470
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 10:38 PM   #4471
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LA county considers HOT lanes on I-10 and I-110
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:00 PM   #4472
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LA county considers HOT lanes on I-10 and I-110
Seems pretty expensive.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:02 PM   #4473
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Such commuting distances are no exception though, mainly because of the lack of affordable housing in the LA basin.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:05 PM   #4474
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Such commuting distances are no exception though, mainly because of the lack of affordable housing in the LA basin.
Yeah, that's why it seems kinda ackward to me. Does a HOT lane really imrpove traffic that much? Just wondering if you know of some other situations where it really worked..
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Nah, I don't think they'll solve traffic congestion, it's mainly reorganizing the existing lanes. You can now buy your way through congestion, though I doubt if many people will spend 8000 dollars per year to get delay-free to work in downtown.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:45 PM   #4476
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Downtown Connector in Atlanta, GA

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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:49 PM   #4477
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If it's going to be E-Z Pass compatible, then the charge should be significantly reduced.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 11:50 PM   #4478
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I think the new HOT lanes in the US will be ETC only. No manned toll booths.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 12:48 AM   #4479
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You can now buy your way through congestion, though I doubt if many people will spend 8000 dollars per year to get delay-free to work in downtown.
I think that's the idea. If everybody were using them that would defeat the whole point.

It can't solve any traffic problems and was never intended to. It's more of a luxury thing, like flying 1st instead of coach (instead of more leg room you get less traffic)
And if tolls were used to maintain roads then that's not such a bad thing.
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 01:24 AM   #4480
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