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General roads/transport. issues

Postby jrd1964 » 29 May 2018 03:05

After the "LBJ East" project, there are $24 billion worth of other local projects (all in TxDOT's Dallas District):
* I-30 downtown canyon
* I-30 between I-45 and Lake Ray Hubbard
* I-30 between Lake Ray Hubbard and Rockwall-Hunt Co. line
* I-35E between I-635 and US 380 (2nd phase)
* I-35E between Oak Lawn and TX 183
* US 75 between Collin Co. Road 360 to Grayson Co. line
* US 80 between I-30 and FM 480 near Forney
* TX 114 & TX 183, Irving (2nd phase)
* TX 121 between Collin Co. Outer Loop and Fannin Co. line
* TX 205 between TX 78 and US 80
* Loop 9 between I-35E and I-45

The article says they are all priority projects, but the funding isn't there yet for them all.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transpo ... ts-remains

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby jrd1964 » 15 Jun 2018 17:23

The new "Mobility 2045" plan is coming out this week; it was approved by the Regional Transportation Council yesterday. Just what you all wanted to hear--more of the same. They predict 4 million more people will be in the area in the next 25 years.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transpo ... udes-tolls

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Tnexster » 16 Jun 2018 17:06

It's a mess....

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby muncien » 14 Sep 2018 10:01

With all the talk of the Tesla Semi... I really think Volvo's alternative is the right way go to.
https://electrek.co/2018/09/13/volvo-all-electric-autonomous-truck-without-a-cab/
All electric
No cab
No driver
Fully autonomous

They mention here that this is intended mainly for 'urban' transport (due to aerodynamic limits)... But, I would see it more as a point B-Y transit alternative, and let meat bags handle the first and last leg, simply to reduce complexity.

Very cool concept though...
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"He doesn't know how to use the three seashells..."

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby longhorn » 25 Sep 2018 14:19

muncien wrote:With all the talk of the Tesla Semi... I really think Volvo's alternative is the right way go to.
https://electrek.co/2018/09/13/volvo-all-electric-autonomous-truck-without-a-cab/
All electric
No cab
No driver
Fully autonomous

They mention here that this is intended mainly for 'urban' transport (due to aerodynamic limits)... But, I would see it more as a point B-Y transit alternative, and let meat bags handle the first and last leg, simply to reduce complexity.

Very cool concept though...
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With the looming driver shortage, I see this moving forward. Human drivers taking over around metro areas and autonomous rigs then taking over on the open roads, ie. out west. The first application will be around warehouses moving empty trailers around the yard.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby itsjrd1964 » 14 Jun 2019 14:21

The DMN editorializes Dallas' signal light issues, and how improvements need to happen quicker

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edit ... s-changing

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby raucameron1981 » 21 Jun 2019 14:42

itsjrd1964 wrote:The DMN editorializes Dallas' signal light issues, and how improvements need to happen quicker

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/edit ... s-changing


That's a serious issue, I would like it to be resolved asap.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Tnexster » 23 Jun 2019 17:33

It is pretty ridiculous how far behind Dallas is getting traffic signals upgraded.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby kozzy » 01 Jul 2019 12:59

I noticed after the June 9th storms, most of the older structures (the green and rust colored poles usually with a curved arm) withstood the winds while the new structures (the silver L-shaped bars) had several lights that were either bent in several directions or completely blown off the structure.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 09 Aug 2019 10:52

'Intersections of Dallas' Highlights Absurd Traffic Patterns"

https://www.nbcdfw.com/traffic/stories/ ... 22691.html

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0yI9Gqhqyk/

I knew what six of them would be without even looking.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby DPatel304 » 09 Aug 2019 11:03

Haha.. I saw this posted on Reddit and actually purchased the print from the guy's Etsy store. Here is the store for anyone who is curious:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/barelymaps

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby exelone31 » 09 Aug 2019 12:18

DPatel304 wrote:Haha.. I saw this posted on Reddit and actually purchased the print from the guy's Etsy store. Here is the store for anyone who is curious:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/barelymaps


Brilliant!!

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Tnexster » 14 Sep 2019 13:05

Aside from all of the new stoplights that have been placed along Cesar Chavez I am starting to notice new stoplights appearing in various places downtown. Is this part of an overall downtown replacement strategy or just fixing some lights that are about to crash?

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby itsjrd1964 » 15 Sep 2019 11:54

Tnexster wrote:Aside from all of the new stoplights that have been placed along Cesar Chavez I am starting to notice new stoplights appearing in various places downtown. Is this part of an overall downtown replacement strategy or just fixing some lights that are about to crash?


It's likely some of both. Probably more that the older ones in Dallas should have been changed out a *while* ago and are past their ability to adapt with the times in a technological sense. The timing and being able to sync with other signal lights on the same street or area is likely an issue with the older ones also. I'm sure someone out there thinks DTD and other parts of town would look better with new signals than with the old/cranky/rusty versions.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Tnexster » 15 Sep 2019 13:04

itsjrd1964 wrote:
Tnexster wrote:Aside from all of the new stoplights that have been placed along Cesar Chavez I am starting to notice new stoplights appearing in various places downtown. Is this part of an overall downtown replacement strategy or just fixing some lights that are about to crash?


It's likely some of both. Probably more that the older ones in Dallas should have been changed out a *while* ago and are past their ability to adapt with the times in a technological sense. The timing and being able to sync with other signal lights on the same street or area is likely an issue with the older ones also. I'm sure someone out there thinks DTD and other parts of town would look better with new signals than with the old/cranky/rusty versions.


I agree and the new ones certainly look better than the old. Seems like they would really have to concentrate on a couple of major thoroughfares through downtown like Elm and Commerce to seriously make a difference. One of the new lights is on Griffin and another one is on Field...maybe at Commerce. It's near AT&T.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Tnexster » 19 Sep 2019 12:43

After driving down Wood Street today I realized that all of the signals on Wood are being replaced, this runs behind the AT&T Discovery District which may have something to do with all of these replacements.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby Zmitz » 03 Oct 2019 09:09

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... ic-deaths/

"Pending Council’s future OK, city staff will craft a plan to join, identifying how it would reduce traffic deaths to zero and cut severe injuries in half by 2030."

“Design around pedestrian walkways is key for this city to grow into the 21st century,” said Council member Paula Blackmon, of East Dallas.

First the bus system overhaul, now this? It's encouraging to see the city leadership take an interest in actually designing the urban core to be Urban.

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Re: General roads/transport. issues

Postby DPatel304 » 03 Oct 2019 09:29

Wow, that's reassuring to hear. I'm not sure what will actually come of these changes, but at least they seem to get it and have the right mindset.


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