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Old February 1st, 2011, 01:47 PM   #6401
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USA...best for sprawling away houses...offices and shady retail parks...my good...i which i could drive on these highways just to feel the American's freedom we seriously dont have here on the other side...
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Old February 1st, 2011, 06:02 PM   #6402
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USA...best for sprawling away houses...offices and shady retail parks...my good...i which i could drive on these highways just to feel the American's freedom we seriously dont have here on the other side...
In my first job after college (university), I had to drive 50 or 60 km each way (the route that was faster in the evening rush was significantly longer). In rush hours, that sort of sprawl is not fun day after day. Now I live in a near-downtown neighborhood of a major city, a 12-minute walk from my job, and within walking distance of lots of other things. I like driving but I don't miss having to drive every day. Both sorts of development pattern have their good points and their bad points.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 06:31 PM   #6403
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USA...best for sprawling away houses...offices and shady retail parks...my good...i which i could drive on these highways just to feel the American's freedom we seriously dont have here on the other side...
I love driving but you really lose desire when you have poor roads combined with congestion and stupid drivers. It would be nice if I didn't have to depend on my car and be able to use it just for fun not a necessity.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 11:26 PM   #6404
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Interstate 70 has been closed to all traffic across Missouri for over 250 miles. I-44 in Oklahoma is also closed for the next 96 hours due to snow storms.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 12:04 AM   #6405
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An interesting recently completed bridge project in Kansas City was the replacement of the I-29 Paseo Bridge across the Missouri River by the new Bond Bridge. The new bridge has 6 lanes opposed to the old 4-lanes, and eliminates one of the relatively few bottlenecks in the area.

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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:12 PM   #6406
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I found some interesting pics of US interstate highways shot during this days:

A sign on I-70 and Pittman Road in Independence, Mo. alerts drivers that I-70 is closed East of I-470 Tuesday evening following a day of blowing snow closed much of I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Kansas City Star / John Sleezer



A vehicle is overturned along Interstate 680 in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. AP / Nati Harnik



A car landed vertically in a snowbank after a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 93 during a snow storm north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured. The Eagle-Tribune / Tim Jean



A a group of people stop along Interstate 91 to help push a car out of a snow bank during a winter storm in Windsor, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. AP / Jessica Hill



Dallas Fire and Rescue workers try to contain Diesel fuel that leaked from a jackknifed 18-wheeler Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35E. Traffic was stopped in both directions after several 18-wheelers either jackknifed of came to a total stop on ice covered interstate near Pleasant Run Road. The Dallas Morning News / Jim Mahoney



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Some more pictures of US non-interstate routes are here.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #6407
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Interstate 10 in Houston (Katy Freeway) before and after widening:



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Old February 5th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #6408
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I-80 connecting with I-15 and Utah 201 in Salt Lake City.


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Old February 9th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #6409
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I love driving but you really lose desire when you have poor roads combined with congestion and stupid drivers. It would be nice if I didn't have to depend on my car and be able to use it just for fun not a necessity.
I want to drive when I want to, not when I need to. I wish I could take a train to work, the airport, concerts and other venues.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 03:24 AM   #6410
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Exactly! It would be nice to go to the club or a party and be able to drink and not worry who will drive. Be nice to be able to take a train to the nice downtown's in my metro and not drive a broken road network. At least you guys in Texas have great roads, I miss the roads in Dallas.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 04:45 AM   #6411
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I want to drive when I want to, not when I need to. I wish I could take a train to work, the airport, concerts and other venues.
I think that is the most true statement I have read in a while.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #6412
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I think that is the most true statement I have read in a while.
except that those who don't want to drive usually want the 88% of adult Americans who use cars regularly to pay, fund and subsidize massively financially-burden PT systems out of their willingness not to be obliged to drive.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 03:12 PM   #6413
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except that those who don't want to drive usually want the 88% of adult Americans who use cars regularly to pay, fund and subsidize massively financially-burden PT systems out of their willingness not to be obliged to drive.
PT is a tiny compared to what else states subsidize and the smart growth that comes form PT is a good return..... 88% of Americans is shrinking....as my generation is moving towards PT and Urban living....
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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:14 PM   #6414
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except that those who don't want to drive usually want the 88% of adult Americans who use cars regularly to pay, fund and subsidize massively financially-burden PT systems out of their willingness not to be obliged to drive.
It's how a normal country usually works. Everyone pays for everything, even for services they don't use... it seems fair to me. That's why I like German Autobahns which are tax-funded and I don't like Italian ones.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #6415
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It's how a normal country usually works. Everyone pays for everything, even for services they don't use...
I agree in principle, but it is not meant as a free hand to spend as much money without ever looking at the returns or necessity...

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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #6416
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Agreed, Chris.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #6417
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PT is a tiny compared to what else states subsidize and the smart growth that comes form PT is a good return..... 88% of Americans is shrinking....as my generation is moving towards PT and Urban living....
Apparently US Census Bureau and BEA disagrees with your far-reaching statements.

This being said, important issue here is that the reason by which public transportation subsidies are so low in US is, exactly, because their usage is too low to make a dent on budgets.

But this is far from an American-only issue: the worst that could happen to most urban transit systems (long-distance medium or high-speed rail operates under some different set of premises) is to have their ridership increased to the point it requires more vehicles and a larger payroll to run, as many PT systems are inherited flawed on their financial design and will never be able to reach profitability unless massive, once-in-a-lifetime assumptions about household incomes, expectations of mobility or else changes.

New York City cannot break even with its MTA, and we are talking about the metro are with the highest per-capita income in US and the higher transit usage in North America. If NYC cannot balance its PT authority's books, no other American city can.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:42 PM   #6418
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except that those who don't want to drive usually want the 88% of adult Americans who use cars regularly to pay, fund and subsidize massively financially-burden PT systems out of their willingness not to be obliged to drive.
Well, the small number of adult Americans who don't drive are helping pay for their roads, and - everyone always forgets this - making their travels easier by reducing traffic a little (or a lot, in some places)....
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Old February 11th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #6419
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Apparently US Census Bureau and BEA disagrees with your far-reaching statements.
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I'm not sure about that: 2010 numbers are starting to come out and cities that have been losing population for decades - such as Newark, of all places - gained over the last decade. We can't go on paving over the countryside indefinitely. And I wonder how many people actually choose 30- or 40-mile commutes as opposed to just having no alternative.
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Old February 11th, 2011, 08:28 PM   #6420
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Any non-toll highways that have made a profit?
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