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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #8221
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #8222
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I thought about that too
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Old July 12th, 2012, 07:14 PM   #8223
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I say #3. An HOT (High Occupancy Toll) facility means an extra source of money. Also, I've always felt HOT systems should include at least 2 lanes in each direction to allow passing. I would NEVER PAY to be stuck behind someone going slow.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #8224
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I agree. HOT lanes must offer amenities GP lanes don't have such as uncongested traffic, higher speeds and passing options. Some reversible HOV lanes in the Houston area were recently converted to HOT lanes, but their usage appears to be pretty low. On the other hand many new HOT facilities do have 2 lanes each way, such as the I-95 in Miami, I-495 around Washington (Virginia side) and I-10 in Los Angeles.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #8225
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The alternatives for widening I-405 in Orange County from SR-73 to I-605.







I reckon alternative #2 will be most popular. Toll lanes appear to be very unpopular, coming up with the "we've already paid for this road" mantra.
Alternative #3 is the one they'll probably choose. But the 405 really needs to be rebuilt and widened the most in south LA County.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #8226
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Texas Nears Its Debt Limit for Transportation Projects



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July 10--With billions of dollars worth of road work under way in Texas, it may be hard for drivers to believe that the state is running out of highway money.

But in just a few years, Texas will likely max out its debt limit for transportation projects, and by the end of 2014, it may have barely enough funding to maintain existing roads, officials said Monday. "People don't believe there's a crisis, because there are plenty of orange barrels," state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, said during a live broadcast of a House subcommittee hearing on transportation funding. "So how long before the crisis? How long before that borrowed money dissipates and we don't have any more money to build?"

Elected leaders have authorized the Texas Department of Transportation to issue $17.3 billion in bonds for transportation projects. About $31.1 billion will be needed to repay that money over 25 to 30 years, said James Bass, the agency's chief financial officer. The agency's budget of $10.5 billion for the current fiscal year and $9.3 billion for next year are record highs. But Pickett said those figures don't paint an accurate picture of the state's future road funding. Instead, nearly $6.7 billion of that two-year total is proceeds from bonds and other one-time sources that won't be around later, he said.

The state's main source of highway funding, the 20-cent-per-gallon motor fuel tax, is generating only about $2.6 billion a year -- far less than adequate for a state that, by one estimate, needs $14 billion a year to keep up with growth in population and jobs. Bass said the state will likely enter into an "era of uncertainty" about highway funding in 2015. Lawmakers are looking at several options for increasing mobility and road maintenance funding during the next session of the Legislature, which starts in January.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #8227
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The only viable alternative at this time:
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Old July 13th, 2012, 12:14 AM   #8228
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The only viable alternative at this time:
"No Cash" - No pun intended?
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:13 AM   #8229
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Texas are against raising taxes so tolls are only going to keep coming.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 04:58 AM   #8230
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The only viable alternative at this time:
LOLno. No feasible amount of tolling can produce that kind of money. And where would the money for toll infrastructure come from?

I hope there's a political crisis over this.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #8231
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It was going to happen sooner or later.
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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #8232
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Progress of the new I-4 < > SR-618 connector in Tampa, FL



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Old July 14th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #8233
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Any plans to build another connector in West Tampa?

Then the segment of SR 618 that cuts across downtown and the waterfront and separates the channel district would become superfluous and could be removed. And the road would be more or less contiguous with I-275 so southbound traffic wouldn't have to loop around and merge.

But running through the area near the university would be worse.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 03:59 AM   #8234
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If you remove the downtown section then all the traffic would merge onto the worst part of I-275/I-4. Traffic is bad enough as it is, it would be a nightmare then.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #8235
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Well then it wouldn't work I guess. Obviously I don't know the area well.
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Old July 28th, 2012, 11:45 PM   #8236
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Old July 29th, 2012, 12:38 AM   #8237
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78/95 interchange, looking toward Bayonne/Jersey City?
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Old July 29th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #8238
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Old July 29th, 2012, 02:54 AM   #8239
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Old July 29th, 2012, 03:58 AM   #8240
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The bridge in the background - Newark Bay Bridge on 1-78/New Jersey Turnpike Newark Bay extension is not the bottleneck.

The actual bottleneck is the Holland Tunnels, 20 km to the northeast. After over 80 years, the only crossing connecting the Financial District with New Jersey, still has only two lanes in each direction. The situation is made worse by several at-grade intersections in Jersey City just before the tunnel, and an awful configuration of approach roads on the Manhattan side which leads to the traffic leaving Manhattan strangling the traffic that is entering from New Jersey.

This situation is particularly bad on Friday nights, when drivers are entering Manhattan for a night on the town while commuters are leaving Manhattan in the opposite direction. The photo above was taken around 6 pm.

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