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(Washington Post)   The first section of the DC Beltway's new HOT lanes opened this weekend, let's see how they handle the first Monday morning rush hour. 6:11 - HOT lanes open, 6:38 - 4 car collision at entrance shuts down HOT lanes   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 164
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2012-11-19 03:57:26 PM

Bushrod: What really grinds my gears.jpg are the smaller roads, with folks doing 35 in a 45, or not accelerating when the light goes green.

You must live near Route 1 in Virginia, south of the beltway!


You win the prize! Still, these problems are persistent all the way out Rt 7 towards Leesburg. (in Seinfeld voice) What is with these people braking for an amber light?
 
2012-11-19 04:03:01 PM

fpr3: Bushrod: What really grinds my gears.jpg are the smaller roads, with folks doing 35 in a 45, or not accelerating when the light goes green.

You must live near Route 1 in Virginia, south of the beltway!

You win the prize! Still, these problems are persistent all the way out Rt 7 towards Leesburg. (in Seinfeld voice) What is with these people braking for an amber light?


What also grinds my gears is that they drive 35 in a 45, then turn into my neighborhood and drive 45 in a 25...
 
2012-11-19 06:52:09 PM

talulahgosh: Sunrazor: sodomizer: (A)

Drivers: the problem is the roads!

(B)

Roads: the problem is the drivers!

(If you pick A, you're liberal. If you pick B, you're conservative.)

c) Kill your sister, so you can see the guy/girl again!

if you're a 'c' you'll end up like me!

/c, the heavenly (and fark) option!


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2012-11-19 07:18:18 PM
As someone who uses the I-95 HOT lanes in Miami twice a month, I laugh at you people.

/My car is 19 years old, not a Lexus
//Is worth it not to be driving next to schmuks in their jalopies
 
2012-11-19 07:45:00 PM

Girion47: Spade: gochuck: I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).

We laugh at you and your living in tiny boxes with ridiculously high rents. I'll stick with the nice big house, yard, with a mortgage less than DC rent, and lower taxes.

/takes the VRE
//been delayed twice in three years
///biggest problem is the METRO transfer.

Bullshiat. I took the VRE, it's delayed at least once a month, even more if there's any snow, rain, or Amtrak/CSX feels like being a dick.


Nonsense.

In the past year we've been delayed over 15 minutes once due to amazingly high amounts of rain washing out the tracks (happened on a Thursday, fixed by Monday morning), a CSX hazmat train breaking down (sat for 40 minutes, only ended up being 15 minutes late), and a bomb threat that shut down all train traffic. And it didn't run during Sandy but neither did the government. And some idiot walking on the tracks got hit and farked everything up, but that was two trains after mine.

Fredericksburg line runs between 95%-98% on time.

Most of the VRE complaints I've heard involve people who haven't taken it in years. Taking the train rocks.

Hilariously, my commute time with the VRE on average is the same into DC as it was when I commuted from Old Town Alexandria. Minimum Metro time for me was 40 minutes, not including the walk/drive/bus to the station, and that never happened. Driving up I-295 or through Crystal City was often an hour during rush hour.

And I can read, or work, or sleep on my way to work. And I can point and laugh at suckers sitting on 495 at least three times on the way. Riding the train farking rocks.
 
2012-11-19 07:46:07 PM

oakleym82: It is well signed:


I assume they have cameras photographing everyone with HOV mode on, from a couple angles, to ensure that there isn't mass abuse.

computerguyUT: They did the same thing here in Utah. They took one of our lanes away, turned it into a (miserable faliure of an) HOV lane and charge for it's use unless you're carpooling or have paid for the Express (whatever the hell they're calling it).


Los Angeles and Dallas just built a second freeway right over the existing freeway and bridges. That only worked because the existing road was a cut with flat bridges overhead, though some marvel of engineering might make it work for regular surface freeways someday. They're pretty amazing to see.
 
2012-11-19 08:04:07 PM

fpr3: Additional to this is signal timing, which might as well have been done by chimps. 3 minutes at a light is no good for anybody, and hitting every other light is poor understanding of traffic flow. Bad design coupled with bad driving equals traffic jams at the Walmart light on Saturday morning at 11am. While I'm at it, I also think this area would benefit from jughandles to make left turns. That keeps everyone who will make a turn in the right lane, and it removes the added time to have green left-turn arrows at every light. Win-win!


Don't get me started on useless city engineers. Driving a boulevard that I'm certain had sensors when I moved here five years ago, and apparently had most of them removed when repaved a few years back, I had the pleasure of sitting at multiple red lights in a row at 2 am over the weekend waiting at least 3 minutes each, without a single person crossing or turning, because all were timed for rush hour traffic. The only reason I didn't stop and blow through is the chance of cops trolling for DUIs at that hour.

Is it so hard to at least use time zones with much shorter timing outside of rush hour? No, that takes effort and there's no money in it.

Even Michigan Lefts on big roads would be a big improvement. People here seem to flip out and get lost if they ever have to turn around though.
 
2012-11-19 08:10:17 PM
Also, in Europe it's common to blink all lights yellow at night except at the biggest intersections. I know that would result in endless crashes here since yellow has come to mean "speed up" instead of "slow and go," but you'd think making smaller intersections blink red on the small side would be a huge boon for traffic, and cut down a ton on useless idling. I've never seen that anywhere. The closest was intersections that turn into 4-way stops, kind of a pain on a 40mph road.
 
2012-11-19 08:44:15 PM

Turfshoe: I was curious to see how my commute would be affected and whether I was going to try out the new lanes. Then I get to see that the new lanes caused more traffic than normal.


Here in Texas (it's not my fault, I was lured here under false pretenses), they recently instituted the "left lane is for passing only" thing. I thought it would be great. No more getting stuck behind some idiot doing 50 in a 70 zone! Right?

Wrong. Somehow, for reasons that will no doubt remain shrouded in mystery until the end of time, it's made even *more* idiots camp out at well below the limit in the passing lane. Half the time they're going slower than the traffic in the next lane over (I've had to pass on the right more times in the last month than I did in the entire previous year, no lie), and the other half of the time they're creeping along in formation with their fellow idiots so there's no way around them and you've got a contingent of impatient, tailgating assholes who will start swerving through traffic like maniacs with only inches of clearance the second they think they can get around someone.

I don't tailgate and 70 is plenty fast enough for my commute. All I want is to drive AT THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT. Is that so wrong?

/I've lived in MD, DC, Northern VA, Charlotte, the SF Bay, and Austin. Austin drivers are more polite than average, I'll give them that, but they're total wusses behind the wheel. Afraid to pull onto the freeway, afraid to change lanes until you give them like 150 car lengths, start slowing down a mile before their exit, afraid to take their turn at intersections... Even the pedestrians are nuts, they cross the street extra slow while giving you the stink-eye the entire time, apparently convinced that if they take their eyes off you for a split second you're going to floor it and run them down, which you start wanting to do when they're only 1/4 of the way across the street.
//No, seriously, I really was lured here under false pretenses. I'm not friends with those people anymore.
 
2012-11-19 09:35:21 PM

Spade: Girion47: Spade: gochuck: I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).

We laugh at you and your living in tiny boxes with ridiculously high rents. I'll stick with the nice big house, yard, with a mortgage less than DC rent, and lower taxes.

/takes the VRE
//been delayed twice in three years
///biggest problem is the METRO transfer.

Bullshiat. I took the VRE, it's delayed at least once a month, even more if there's any snow, rain, or Amtrak/CSX feels like being a dick.

Nonsense.

In the past year we've been delayed over 15 minutes once due to amazingly high amounts of rain washing out the tracks (happened on a Thursday, fixed by Monday morning), a CSX hazmat train breaking down (sat for 40 minutes, only ended up being 15 minutes late), and a bomb threat that shut down all train traffic. And it didn't run during Sandy but neither did the government. And some idiot walking on the tracks got hit and farked everything up, but that was two trains after mine.

Fredericksburg line runs between 95%-98% on time.

Most of the VRE complaints I've heard involve people who haven't taken it in years. Taking the train rocks.

Hilariously, my commute time with the VRE on average is the same into DC as it was when I commuted from Old Town Alexandria. Minimum Metro time for me was 40 minutes, not including the walk/drive/bus to the station, and that never happened. Driving up I-295 or through Crystal City was often an hour during rush hour.

And I can read, or work, or sleep on my way to work. And I can point and laugh at suckers sitting on 495 at least three times on the way. Riding the train farking rocks.


I took it from Burke Centre to L'Enfant
 
2012-11-19 11:45:16 PM

Magorn: living in Loudoun county (Leesburg) and working about 35 Mi away in downtown DC, I'd say the best thing about living in my country is the huge, coach-like commuter buses that pick up at a parking lot about 3 mi from my house and get me to a block from my work in about 45 min. 45 min that I can sleep, read, whatever else the fark I want to do. Sure its $7 each way, but the farking tolls would cost me that much to drive, to say nothing of gas or parking.


Oh, God, that thing off 7 west?

At night, that place looks like something you'd see in the first 10 minutes of an episode of CSI
 
2012-11-19 11:47:37 PM

hiker9999: gochuck: I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).

Perhaps we don't want to live in a city whose "leadership" is nearly constantly under criminal investigation?

Perhaps we don't want to live in a city where Marion frakking Barry is seen as some kind of bizarre folk hero?


In other words, he doesn't like all the chocolate.
 
2012-11-20 12:19:07 AM

wambu: nelsonal: I usually just park in the Metro lots, they're cheap and free on weekends.

I always visit during the week and the lots were typically full.


Full with the cars that park for free because of a handicap placard, I'm sure.
 
2012-11-20 08:04:42 AM

Yogimus: hiker9999: gochuck: I laugh at the people who live out in the burbs. If you work in DC, live in DC (especially if you don't have kids, no excuse then).

Perhaps we don't want to live in a city whose "leadership" is nearly constantly under criminal investigation?

Perhaps we don't want to live in a city where Marion frakking Barry is seen as some kind of bizarre folk hero?

In other words, he doesn't like all the chocolate.


Yeah I'd be pissed if my tax dollars were spent towards buying the mayor a second luxury SUV because he didn't like the interior on the first one, which is kept in a lot instead of returned.
 
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