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Old 07-20-2014, 07:24 PM
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How can you Texans stand it? No predictablitity when it comes, horrible drivers, poor construction planning. The place I travel most has been a nightmare to navigate and is getting worse. I spent 3 hours parked on 35 two weeks ago in Dallas because they shut down all lanes to hang signs. No alternative route, just shut down and wait.

Same thing today on 290 heading into Houston. Nearly missed my flight and would have if I didn't be an a-hole by driving on a shoulder and taking a ditch to exit.

Never have I been anywhere where the shut down highways with no warning and expect you to wait.

Did a 1000 trip around Texas this week and spent at least 6 hours in gridlock. Would have been much worse if I didn't have traffic reports and a gps.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:12 PM
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Austin is miserably traffic gridlocked.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:16 PM
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How can you Texans stand it? No predictablitity when it comes, horrible drivers, poor construction planning. The place I travel most has been a nightmare to navigate and is getting worse. I spent 3 hours parked on 35 two weeks ago in Dallas because they shut down all lanes to hang signs. No alternative route, just shut down and wait.

Same thing today on 290 heading into Houston. Nearly missed my flight and would have if I didn't be an a-hole by driving on a shoulder and taking a ditch to exit.

Never have I been anywhere where the shut down highways with no warning and expect you to wait.

Did a 1000 trip around Texas this week and spent at least 6 hours in gridlock. Would have been much worse if I didn't have traffic reports and a gps.
You should spend a week in Los Angeles...
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:19 PM
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You should spend a week in Los Angeles...
Tell me about it.

The #1 most congested freeway in the country is in L.A., and 6 of the top 10 most congested freeways in the country are in So. Cal.

As an interesting factoid, The 2nd most congested freeway in the country is in Honolulu.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:26 PM
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Warning people would cost money. Tejas is all about saving tax money, right?
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:36 PM
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To many people and they don't have the infrastructure to handle it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:47 PM
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To many people and they don't have the infrastructure to handle it.
That's how it is here, too. Adding to the infrastructure is always way behind the population trajectory.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:51 PM
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That's how it is here, too. Adding to the infrastructure is always way behind the population trajectory.
It is much harder to secure land in urbanized areas for siting highway expansion than it was 50-60 years ago. Employing eminent domain, particularly in residential areas, is difficult, expensive and excruciatingly slow.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:57 PM
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The biggest hurdle for road works expansion is all the regulatory hoops projects have to jump threw. To many government agencies throwing their two cents in.

Money and ability is not the the problem, its just that getting a permit could take a decade.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:58 PM
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I'm in Southern California at least once or twice a year.

Traffic is for the most part predictable and you have lots of options to get cross town. If you time things right, watch traffic reports, and plan your route to avoid the bad spots, things usually go well.

They also announce construction WAY ahead of time "carmageddon" and shut down a road for a 24-48 hour period for very quick repairs.

35 at 635 construction in Dallas has been going on for years. I see at least 2 accident aftermaths each time I pass through. Imagine you are driving through LA late at night specifically to avoid traffic and all of the sudden 405 is a parking lot for 3 hours while they hang signs. That's what they do in Texas.

The drivers are much worse in Texas too.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:19 PM
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Neat part about SoCal is their Sigalalert sight. Gives real time speeds of the freeways. They have radar detectors all over the freeways that give real time feed back. Just move your mouse over the freeway and youcan see how fast traffic is moving.

Sigalert.com Los Angeles Traffic Map

I hate the traffic here and the drivers do suck. Lucky for me I work 3 miles from home.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:26 PM
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Neat part about SoCal is their Sigalalert sight. Gives real time speeds of the freeways. They have radar detectors all over the freeways that give real time feed back. Just move your mouse over the freeway and youcan see how fast traffic is moving.
We have Sigalert in MA too, and it is really neat. Do they actually have radar detectors on the highways or do they use cell signals to determine how fast cars are moving?

At least out here, they have cameras located along some of the highways, to, which is especially useful when trying to determine whether roads are safe for travel or not (e.g., in a snowstorm).
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I hate the traffic here and the drivers do suck.
Tell me about it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:21 PM
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I assumed it was radar. They have these white flat square things under the signs on the freeways. Look similar to what they have on toll roads.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:55 PM
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In Texas they are governed by real men, not those wimpy liberals who try to be polite to citizens.

besides anybody important has a helicopter not riding around in a proletariat car.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:46 AM
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Tell me about it.

The #1 most congested freeway in the country is in L.A., and 6 of the top 10 most congested freeways in the country are in So. Cal.

As an interesting factoid, The 2nd most congested freeway in the country is in Honolulu.
I don't work regular hours and that makes that I'm hardly ever in traffic. If you know your way around Los Angeles and avoid the West Side it's not so bad as people think.

And I agree, driving in Texas is weird. Dallas was the most confusing city I've ever driven in, took me a week to get used to.
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