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Old September 18th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #3181
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Zaragoza, not exactly.
The "Insula de Barataria" is located in the middle of Ebro river besides Alcala de Ebro. There is a statue about it.

In a study I watched, it is supposed the original town is Villanueva de los Infantes (not near from that motorway), but what it is clear is that first two chapters were written at Argamasilla de Alba
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Old September 18th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #3182
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This Don Quijote caracter is well known in Hungary too, even a disco song was written about the story/him in the ´70 by Neoton Família (Newton Family) very popular back than.
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Old September 19th, 2012, 03:10 AM   #3183
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Old September 19th, 2012, 02:50 PM   #3184
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Old September 19th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #3185
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Awesome videos, thanks! You Polish are visiting us more and more every year

Just one thing: neither C-31B, nor C-42, nor N-340 are autovías. First two ones are dual-carriageway roads (carreteras de doble calzada) and last one is an ordinary road.

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Zaragoza, not exactly.
The "Insula de Barataria" is located in the middle of Ebro river besides Alcala de Ebro. There is a statue about it.

In a study I watched, it is supposed the original town is Villanueva de los Infantes (not near from that motorway), but what it is clear is that first two chapters were written at Argamasilla de Alba
Zaragoza is mentioned several times along the book and both Don Quijote and Sancho are supposed to go there, but they finally don't and go on to Barcelona.

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This Don Quijote caracter is well known in Hungary too, even a disco song was written about the story/him in the ´70 by Neoton Família (Newton Family) very popular back than.
LOL, didn't know that

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Old September 20th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #3186
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We finally have an official opening date for C-58 HOV lanes, October the 26th. Only cars with 3 passengers or more will be allowed, as well as motorcycles, buses, electric cars or emergency vehicles. Source here.

Currently works are almost done and lanes in C-58 are back to normal width. There will still be some traffic disruptions, most notably the closure of C-33 tonight from 22.30 to 5.30 am.

I think Spain is the only European country with HOV facilities (A-6 and C-58). Am I wrong?
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Old September 20th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #3187
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Most HOV lanes in Europe only allow buses and sometimes taxis. American-style HOV lanes do not exist elsewhere to my knowledge.

They opened a reversible HOV carpool lane in the Netherlands in the early 1990s but it flopped and opened to all traffic later.

In my opinion, HOV lanes are a waste of money. Their hourly volumes are very low and could be justified in some American metropolises without much public transport (carpooling being a substitute) but this doesn't make much sense in Europe.

I'm very interested in seeing the traffic volume on that HOV lane.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #3188
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It will likely be very low, given that cars will have to carry at least 3 passengers to travel it.

I don't think it's a solution for congestion in that corridor, as it will simply move it a little deeper into the city. The cost of the project has been outrageous, as these lanes run elevated over the motorway and their end is shoehorned into Nus de la Trinitat, one of the most complex motorway interchanges of Spain.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #3189
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I agree with Chris, HOVs are replacements of public transport in America, in Europe, where public transport exists, and in diractions of heavy traffic is usually efficient, HOVs are waste of free space.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #3190
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I agree with Chris, HOVs are replacements of public transport in America, in Europe, where public transport exists, and in diractions of heavy traffic is usually efficient, HOVs are waste of free space.
No space wasted this time, as HOV lanes run over the existing roadway. Public transport in the area is not very efficient, but I don't understand the benefits of moving congestion just 6 km deeper into the city. Plus, very few vehicles will be allowed to use it.

I think they will eventually allow vehicles with 2 passengers to use it.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #3191
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I agree with Chris, HOVs are replacements of public transport in America, in Europe, where public transport exists, and in diractions of heavy traffic is usually efficient, HOVs are waste of free space.
As far as I know, the first HOV lanes in the US were in the Washington area, and were opened a few years after Metro lines serving the same corridors....
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Old September 20th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #3192
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Old September 20th, 2012, 07:05 PM   #3193
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what is that device on your windshield where usually navigation device is?

about C58 and HOV lanes - is it going to be adopted on whole lenght from Terrassa to La Trinitat, or only on some section?
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Old September 20th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #3194
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I made a video of C-31C, a short dual-carriageway road connecting C-31 motorway with Sant Boi de Llobregat:



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what is that device on your windshield where usually navigation device is?

about C58 and HOV lanes - is it going to be adopted on whole lenght from Terrassa to La Trinitat, or only on some section?
Looks like a GPS-based radar detector to me.

HOV lanes in C-58 will go from Ripollet to Barcelona (6,8 km). Here's a video from Catalan regional government:



And a video from mine showing the state of works as of late March 2012. You can see the lanes being built elevated in the median:



Accesses to Sabadell were recently upgraded with the construction of two westbound collector lanes, which feed C-58C, the brand new western ringroad of Sabadell. Sabadell-Terrassa stretch is still 4 lanes.
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Old September 21st, 2012, 01:20 AM   #3195
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I've used the reversible HOV lanes in A-6 and in fact it is a good way to promote a more efficient use of the car, but I think that the HOV thing is an excuse to get more from the infrastructure for allowing buses to skip de jam as few cars are allowed to use it (it's not only the ocupancy limit, but it also lakes most exists).
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Old September 21st, 2012, 02:15 AM   #3196
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what is that device on your windshield where usually navigation device is?
Well, a machine that help me to save a lot of money and license points.

It works with K, Ka bands and Laser.

Also has a GPS with a database full of speed cameras locations (and their maximun speed) and aslo locations for speed tramps, traffic lights with camera control, school zones, black spots, and indicates your real speed.
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Old September 21st, 2012, 12:24 PM   #3197
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B-40 is finished in Apple Maps. Great!

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Old September 21st, 2012, 01:25 PM   #3198
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Old September 21st, 2012, 02:41 PM   #3199
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I've used the reversible HOV lanes in A-6 and in fact it is a good way to promote a more efficient use of the car, but I think that the HOV thing is an excuse to get more from the infrastructure for allowing buses to skip de jam as few cars are allowed to use it (it's not only the ocupancy limit, but it also lakes most exists).
C-58 HOV lanes will have the same exits as the mainline, that is, none. Well, except for a rest area which is not accessible from HOV lanes.

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B-40 is finished in Apple Maps. Great!

Neat. This proves Apple has always been some 5 years ahead from its competitors .
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Old September 21st, 2012, 03:25 PM   #3200
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Well, google used to do the same for years.
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