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Old May 24th, 2007, 06:27 PM   #741
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That 291 doesn't look that good for a 13 year old interstate highway.
Except for some pavement issues, it's one of the better highways in the area, the only problem about it is that it's only 4 lanes...making it a traffic trap during rush hour.

Also, snow and ice (and bad maintenance) have made the road age badly.


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So signs on these restricted lanes are white? So green isn't the exclusive color on US motorways/freeways.
Yeah, those our HOV lanes.

They were an absolute waste of space...nobody really uses them except some express buses during the rush hour period. Hartford has almost 50km of HOV lanes.

However, since gas prices increased, their usage has grown incredibly...
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Old May 24th, 2007, 08:16 PM   #742
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HOV signage is indeed white to help drivers visually determine which signs they need to pay attention to and which ones to ignore; you'll also notice the diamond symbol, which should be on all the HOV signs.

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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:49 AM   #743
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Simple explanation: US airport property can use any signage and colors they choose. Why? Not sure. But you will see this variety in signage at most US airports.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #744
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Are those HOV-lanes a succes in the United States?
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #745
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Are those HOV-lanes a succes in the United States?
IIRC, the State of New Jersey tried that (HOV-2) on an express lane segment of I-287 but converted them into regular full-access (but no trucks/lorries) lanes after a few years, they were so unpopular. I believe that this was in the early-mid 1990s.

I think that the overall 'success' of HOV lanes is a mixed bag.

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I do remember a Dilbert comic strip from a few years ago where one of the office workers took the zit-faced young intern with her to a client meeting simply so she could use the HOV lanes on the freeway to get there faster.

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Old May 26th, 2007, 02:43 AM   #746
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Are those HOV-lanes a succes in the United States?
I hear that they are almost as popular as the main lanes in certain Northern Virginia highways (Washington DC suburbs). Carpooling is at a different level down there.

California also has a few popular HOW lanes, as far as I know.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 07:08 AM   #747
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I think it has something to do with the truck maintainance regulations, not the driving skills of Mexican truck drivers. Basically, US lawmakers are afraid that Mexican trucks may fall apart on the US motorway
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Old May 26th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #748
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How about insurance and liability issues if an accident arises between a Mexican vehicle and an American vehicle?
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Old May 26th, 2007, 09:32 AM   #749
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Come on! Mexican trucks are made on the US and most of them belong to US companies! Mexico City vehicule stardards are even higher than those of Arizona!

That's just not fair; US trucks come down to Mexico freely as it is agreed on NAFTA. This thing only has to do with protectionist measures... Lots of NAFTA agreements are being unaccomplished. Mexico complains but doesn't do anything further, Canada says: Hey that's not fair! But doesn't do anything either... Because if both of them do something, they're are going to be considered immidiately part of the axis of evil.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 11:06 AM   #750
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is that the clearview font on the signs posted in #144 by billpa? looks great!
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Old May 26th, 2007, 01:18 PM   #751
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is that the clearview font on the signs posted in #144 by billpa? looks great!
Nope, that's just the condensed form of the standard font used by the state of Georgia in their signs.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #752
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You can tell it's not clerview by the lack of the little "hook" on the bottom of the lower case "l" and the truncated ends on the "g".

For example...

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Old May 26th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #753
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Yeah... it obvious that the reason for this is protectionism.
The safety (or lack of it) of mexican trucks is just a confortable excuse.
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We are not so keen on Polish or Russian trucks too, because of the lack of maintenance, and a higher than average accident-involvement rate.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 01:36 AM   #755
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Is it just me or the Clearview font looks a lot like the one on German signs?
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Old May 27th, 2007, 01:56 AM   #756
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Old May 27th, 2007, 02:04 AM   #757
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Ha! They do look much alike.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 09:23 AM   #758
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Pacific Coast - Highway 1 (video)

Last fall, I made a short trip to the coast to take sunset pictures of the majestic Pacifico. On the way I shot several short videos of my drive on the State Highway 1.

When I have time, I will put them on youtube.com as well.

Ocean close-up (27Mb)

Drive near Bodega Bay (28Mb)

Here is a quick picture of what Highway 1 looks like. Unfortunately, I did not take other pictures, but everything is on the video.

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Old May 28th, 2007, 12:57 PM   #759
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Uhm, the video is upside down

Maybe you wanna edit it with windows movie maker, it is usually embedded in windows. The video will be in the wmv format, but won't be upside down, and you can add music, overlaps and stuff.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 04:25 PM   #760
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There have to be reasons related to illegal immigration here. I don't see the US government delaying a bill like this just because they believe Mexicans are poor drivers.
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