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electricron Jun 20, 2018 1:03 PM


Originally Posted by Nouvellecosse (Post 8226261)
How could it possibly cost that much just to paint HOV labels on a lane in each direction and put up some signs? I'm trying to do the math but I'm having a hard time coming up with $1 billion. I mean, even if they needed to do the entire 34 km route, it would still cost 29.4 million per km. Not much less than some LRT lines. But yeah it sounds like they're not managed very well in the area and would be better off strictly as bus/EV/3+person only lanes.

They're rebuilding the entire freeway, 6 lanes free (3 lanes in each direction) with 4 lanes (2 lanes in each direction) managed (HOV and toll). so the present 6 lanes freeway turns into a 10 lane freeway/tollway. the free and toll lanes will not be divided by a painted line, they['re divided by concrete Jersey barriers.. And that's not including any service work rework. Take a look at IH 635 or IH 820 with Google Earth to get how large the construction will be, then my estimated costs seem reasonable.

M II A II R II K Jun 21, 2018 5:27 PM

Ford says it plans to put housing in Detroit train station



- Michigan Central Station could soon be Detroit's hottest residential address. The automaker said Tuesday that it plans to open several floors of housing in the old depot as part of building's coming top-to-bottom redevelopment, set for completion in 2022. These residential floors will be in addition to office floors and retail space. The total number of residences, as well as their target demographics and location in the building, has yet to be determined, said Ford spokesman Karl Henkel. The 105-year-old train station has never before seen residential use. The station's tower, which rises 15 stories above ground level, was built to hold offices. However, there never were enough tenants to fill the tower, leaving many upper floors forever vacant.


Ford Motor Company owns the Brass Factory, the Factory, Detroit Public Schools Book Depository andthe Michigan Central Station in the neighborhood known as Corktown in Detroit. (Photo: Ford Motor Company)

M II A II R II K Jul 3, 2018 2:36 PM

Japan to draw up rules of the sky for first generation of flying cars



- The Japanese government is to set up a council of developers and ministry officials that will set the rules of the road - or, more accurately, the rules of the sky - for flying cars. The council will be convened before the end of the year and will design regulations and standards for a new generation of vehicles, and has been set the target of the Tokyo Olympics Games in 2020 as a showcase for the technology and to have flying cars operational by 2023. — He added that the government envisages flying cars initially being used in mountainous areas of Japan and in enabling people to travel to remote islands off the coast, while the cars will also be expected to play an important role in rescue and recovery efforts in the event of a natural disaster. They are also expected to help reduce congestion on Japan’s roads.


JManc Jul 3, 2018 3:00 PM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 8240221)
Japan to draw up rules of the sky for first generation of flying cars

So this:

IconRPCV Jul 4, 2018 11:15 PM

Cool Metro in Quito Under Construction
Here is a link to the website:

Ex-Ithacan Jul 9, 2018 1:11 AM

Thought I'd toss this is here:

Video Link


Busy Bee Jul 9, 2018 2:38 AM

^Haha, I just watched that earlier today. That's an incredible video. That tram is booking!

Ex-Ithacan Jul 9, 2018 2:16 PM


Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 8245103)
^Haha, I just watched that earlier today. That's an incredible video. That tram is booking!

so true, and talk about density.....:D

SpongeG Jul 10, 2018 9:06 AM

All Aboard! The World's 10 Best Public Transport Systems - And 10 Of The Worst


From trains to tuk-tuks, buses to jeepneys, taking public transport is part of the travel adventure

Navigating your way around some of the biggest cities in the world can be a challenging experience. Trying to read the maps, making sure you don’t miss your stop, and figuring out which exit to take can be at times frustrating, but taking public transport is still the best way to really get a feel of a new place.

Some cities get it right, with near-perfect punctuality, high efficiency, conveniences like WiFi and comfortable seats. But some cities’ public transport systems leave you crowded, hot, late, and confused.

We’ve done the work for you in identifying 10 of the best public transport systems in the world, as well as 10 of the worst, so you can plan your next trip with ease.


M II A II R II K Jul 10, 2018 4:59 PM

Access Across America: Transit 2017 Accessibility Maps




- The following maps show summary accessibility data and maps for each of the metropolitan areas included in the study. The maps show 30-minute accessibility values at the Census block level. Lighter colors indicate few jobs can be reached within 30 minutes; darker colors indicate more jobs can be reached within 30 minutes. At the highest levels, millions of jobs are accessible by transit within 30 minutes. Travel times include walking, waiting, riding, and transfers.

Kansas City (+17.36%)

Charlotte (+10.81%)

Austin (+9.76%)

Columbus (+8.99%)

San Francisco (+8.72%)

Orlando (+7.88%)

Las Vegas (+7.68%)

Phoenix (+7.31%)

Minneapolis (+7.01%)

Cincinnati (+6.78%)


SIGSEGV Jul 10, 2018 5:11 PM

Interesting that Chicago increased by 3% without adding any new service... I guess that more jobs are available in transit-accessible areas.

M II A II R II K Jul 11, 2018 3:35 PM

Japan Railway Investing in Two-Year Project to Save One Minute on a Single Train Route



- Known for building the best railway grid in the world, Japan is now investing in a two-year project which will save one minute on a single train route. Though the benefit seems to be marginal, the East Japan Railway Company - the nodal authority to implement the project - claims hundreds of passengers will be benefited if even if the journey duration gets slashed by 60 seconds.

- At present, the train speed at the route is restricted to 110 km per hour. The railway authority wants to increase the speed to 130 km per hour, which would conclude the journey in 29 minutes. Although the move was being planned for nearly a decade, the neighbourhoods along the route had marked their apprehensions claiming the escalated speed will cause additional vibration causing inconvenience to them.

- East Japan Railway now claims to have found the solution to the residents' concerns. The company aims to instal additional sound absorbing panel, which will keep the vibration in check despite the speed being increased by 20 km per hour. The dedication showed by the Japan railways to resolve a decade-long issue, whose benefit at maximum would be to save a minute of commuters' time, is likely to be appreciated across the globe.


mcgrath618 Jul 11, 2018 5:05 PM

SEPTA's new engine makes debut:

M II A II R II K Jul 12, 2018 6:00 PM


exit2lef Jul 12, 2018 8:22 PM


Most of these seem intuitive -- except Atlanta. The Downtown / Midtown portion of the city has a straightforward rectilinear grid, but neighborhoods beyond have roads that curve in all directions. I'm surprised it was mapped as a simple cross when the streets of Charlotte, a city I consider to have a similarly non-grid-like layout, are shown as going in all directions.

M II A II R II K Jul 14, 2018 5:54 PM

M II A II R II K Jul 16, 2018 5:53 PM

Getting a Bird’s Eye View of the World’s Subway Systems




dubu Jul 19, 2018 2:41 PM
The transport of the future - inspired by a 1961 Ford: Chinese designer reveals radical self driving two wheel gyrocar

A Chinese engineer has designed a two-wheeled car of the future based on a 1961 Ford model.

Self balancing two-wheel cars, known as gyrocars, have been around for over 100 years, but have failed to catch on.

Zhu Lingyun hopes to change that with his gyrocar design, inspired by the 1961 Ford Gyron.

The two-wheeled vehicle doesn't have a steering wheel or acceleration pedal, and is instead controlled by a computer mouse and 24-inch screen.

Swede Jul 19, 2018 7:16 PM

Ahead of its time. Once most cars in bigger cities are self-driving car-share vehicles ones like that will definitely have a niche.

dubu Jul 19, 2018 7:33 PM

why not have cars that split in half into those? i saw a concept of that a few years ago.

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