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Old January 19th, 2017, 03:50 PM   #3161
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It's interesting that there are so many different fonts in developed countries. I mean, you'd think these were thoroughly tested and evaluated before (and after) implementation, yet there are so many different fonts, some of them are very different from another. Which make it hard to believe they all came out as the best possible font.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 09:23 PM   #3162
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'Transport', invented for use in the UK, is also used in Ireland, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal. (UK, Ireland and Portugal also use the sister-font 'Motorway' font as well).
Ireland however uses a different font for Irish text, and Greek has its own alphabet altogether. Not even Greece and Cyprus look the same, Cyprus uses all-caps for Greek text.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 09:53 PM   #3163
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It's interesting that there are so many different fonts in developed countries. I mean, you'd think these were thoroughly tested and evaluated before (and after) implementation, yet there are so many different fonts, some of them are very different from another. Which make it hard to believe they all came out as the best possible font.
There is even an ongoing dispute, as seen on this forum as well as between different countries, on whether or not to use all-caps.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 10:38 PM   #3164
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Ireland however uses a different font for Irish text
Sure. IIRC, they italicised Transport and made a couple of characters (most notably the 'A') a bit more Gaelic looking and added a few accented letters - it's not really a different font, but a variant of. And obviously, every sign outside the Gaeltacht has the English in upper case Transport that is completely and utterly unchanged.
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But also puts Latin transliteration on every direction sign.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 12:37 AM   #3165
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There are other standarization priorities regarding road transport in Europe.

The top one would be a common framework for free-flow road tolling.
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Old January 21st, 2017, 02:34 PM   #3166
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It's interesting that there are so many different fonts in developed countries. I mean, you'd think these were thoroughly tested and evaluated before (and after) implementation, yet there are so many different fonts, some of them are very different from another. Which make it hard to believe they all came out as the best possible font.
Maybe there is no such thing as "the best possible font".
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Old February 12th, 2017, 12:38 PM   #3167
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NAF

Several referendums are held today in Switzerland, one of them includes the creation of a national road fund (Nationalstrassen- und Agglomerationsverkehrs-Fonds / NAF).

It should create a budget of approximately 3 billion CHF per year. The national road system would be expanded by 400 kilometers (transferring cantonal roads to the national road system) and bottlenecks will be dealt with.

The NAF will succeed the Infrastructure Fund. It would be funded by the fuel tax supplmental fee and the vignette revenue. In addition, new sources of funding will flow to the NAF, the car tax and 10% of the fuel tax revenue, which are going to the general fund presently. In addition, electric cars will pay some kind of fees from 2020 and if needed, the fuel tax could be increased from 30 to 34 rappen / liter.

An SRF poll shows it has a good chance of succeeding, with 62% in favor and only 28% not in favor (10% undecided).

A map of cantonal roads to become part of the national road network (thick pink lines) and bottleneck relieving (thin pink lines).
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Old February 12th, 2017, 05:01 PM   #3168
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The NAF has been approved with a clear yes.

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Old February 12th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #3169
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Sadly it didn't get rid of limitations of AlpTransit to allow a new tunnel between Visp and Thun
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Old February 13th, 2017, 10:51 PM   #3170
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What?

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A new tunnel will probably be built near Airolo (southern portal of the Gotthard tunnel) to protect the village from noise, give locals some flat terrain, and dump the excavated material. Airolo junction will be modified, according to the drawing slowing traffic going on the pass road by building roundabouts and building more curved ramps (necessary because of the new tunnel). The length of the tunnel is not yet decided, but it will be around 1 km.

Location: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&...0058.59&zoom=9

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Very little more infos on http://www4.ti.ch/sala-stampa/comuni...artella=152350 (in Italian).
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Old February 13th, 2017, 11:58 PM   #3171
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The major gap in the Swiss road network is a road tunnel between Valais and Bern cantons. A road tunnel, not an expensive rail shuttle.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 12:04 AM   #3172
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The Rawil project was abandoned way before the Lötschberg base tunnel was approved. A new car shuttle was proposed in the Lötschberg base tunnel as an alternative to the Rawil Autostrasse, but this latetr wasn't abandoned because of the LBT. The Alpen Initiative laws (which the government does not respect, by the way) forbid more road capacity through the Simplon, not the Lötschberg.

It is just that nobody there seems to want a road between Wallis-Valais and Bern, that's all. I nevern read recent (after 1990) articles, nor popular initiatives, nor parliamentary acts, nothing, demanding such road.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #3173
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Brünig Pass

An upgrade of the A8 across the Brünig Pass is not feasible with base tunnels, a study concluded.

https://www.astra.admin.ch/astra/de/...-id-65665.html

A 5.8 kilometer long base tunnel is projected to cost 520 million CHF, a 3.8 kilometer tunnel is projected to cost 400 million CHF. That is considered too much for the traffic volume (7200 vehicles per day).

While understandable, if it was in Norway, a tunnel would've certainly been built. The Norwegians construct tunnels like this for less than 1000 vehicles per day.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 04:04 PM   #3174
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Old February 16th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #3175
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Maybe they need to find uranium in CH...
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A5 Biel/Bienne

The eastern part of the bypass of Biel/Bienne (A5) is planned to open on 27 October 2017: http://www.journaldujura.ch/nouvelle...ure-en-automne
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Old March 28th, 2017, 08:31 PM   #3177
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A1 Zürich - Winterthur

The Cantonal Council of Zürich has voted in favor of the Glattalautobahn and the A1 expansion to Winterthur.

The Glattalautobahn is a bypass of the existing A1 from the Zürich-Nord interchange to the Brüttisellen interchange, while A1 will be expanded to eight lanes from there to Winterthur.

The Glattalautobahn was approved with 121-52 votes and the A1 expansion was approved with 107-63 votes, so a clear majority for both projects.

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/zuerich/...ie-A1-26811175
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A2 Gotthard Tunnel

SRF reports that the traffic congestion at the Gotthard Tunnel going south was the worst ever for a Good Friday. The queue was 14 kilometers long, leading to a 2.5 hour delay.

Traffic congestion actually persisted throughout the night, it started around 6 a.m. on Thursday. The shortest delay was measured around 3:30 a.m. when it was 45 minutes, and then increased to 2.5 hours on Friday.

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/rekordstau-am-karfreitag
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Old April 15th, 2017, 02:51 AM   #3179
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SRF reports that the traffic congestion at the Gotthard Tunnel going south was the worst ever for a Good Friday. The queue was 14 kilometers long, leading to a 2.5 hour delay.

Traffic congestion actually persisted throughout the night, it started around 6 a.m. on Thursday. The shortest delay was measured around 3:30 a.m. when it was 45 minutes, and then increased to 2.5 hours on Friday.

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/rekordstau-am-karfreitag
You probably better off taking route 2 in that case
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Old April 15th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #3180
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Traffic congestion actually persisted throughout the night, it started around 6 a.m. on Thursday. The shortest delay was measured around 3:30 a.m. when it was 45 minutes, and then increased to 2.5 hours on Friday.

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/rekordstau-am-karfreitag
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Die Autoschlange steht nun still //
weil jeder durch den Gotthard will. //
Es sagen etwa fünf von sieben //
"Wär' ich doch Zuhaus' geblieben".
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