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(Baltimore Brew)   Bus drives wrong way onto freeway. The scary part is that the bizarre signs make you sympathize with the driver   (digtriad.com) divider line 118
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2013-02-20 04:03:30 PM
Oblig...
www.examiner.com
 
2013-02-20 04:06:22 PM
The best are the dumbasses who decided the logical place for a Wrong Way sign was directly between the off and on-ramp, facing both sides equally. Thanks a lot for the heart attack, assholes.
 
2013-02-20 04:08:34 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: The best are the dumbasses who decided the logical place for a Wrong Way sign was directly between the off and on-ramp, facing both sides equally. Thanks a lot for the heart attack, assholes.


Yeah, I've had that "AAAH--wait" moment more than once, too.
 
2013-02-20 04:20:08 PM
So if I'm reading the story right, not only has this happened before with  car, but they apparently did nothing about it then, either.  Farking brilliant.
 
2013-02-20 04:20:52 PM
That's the HOV lane and it goes both directions depending on what time it is.

The signs at 19th are terrible.

As both posters above me have said, I've had to stop and puzzle it out more than once. I think anyone who's ever used those has.

I'd think a professional driver in the area would be more familiar, but it's not shocking in any way.

/Less surprising since it's an RTD bus, they're generally the worst of the worst
 
2013-02-20 04:21:02 PM
"The HOV lanes were closed for about an hour while Colorado State Patrol officers and Denver Police officers worked to turn the long bus around."

Are these buses on tracks or something? An hour? To pull a U-turn?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-20 04:26:12 PM
Seems like they need lane control signals: green arrow, red X, and maybe some more.
 
2013-02-20 04:26:53 PM

PapaChester: "The HOV lanes were closed for about an hour while Colorado State Patrol officers and Denver Police officers worked to turn the long bus around."

Are these buses on tracks or something? An hour? To pull a U-turn?


Do you really think a regular bus could do a U-turn in a 3-lane wide HOV lane, let alone the longcat of buses that that one apparently is?
 
2013-02-20 04:48:28 PM

unlikely: That's the HOV lane and it goes both directions depending on what time it is.


That is quite possibly the dumbest idea I've ever seen for a freeway.

And I live in Arizona.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-20 05:00:58 PM
Reversible lanes are a good use of real estate on many routes, but you have to make sure they are easily understood by drivers. Ideally wrong way entrances should be blocked.

In the Boston area we have a "zipper" lane that is safe from wrong way traffic by design. We don't have any reversible freeway lanes that use the same pavement in both directions.
 
2013-02-20 05:19:35 PM
 
2013-02-20 05:22:09 PM

weave: The Turks know how to do reversible lanes.


That's nobody's business but their own.
 
2013-02-20 05:25:18 PM

weave: The Turks know how to do reversible lanes.


Were they Young Turks?
 
2013-02-20 05:34:14 PM
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2013-02-20 05:55:33 PM

I_Am_Weasel: Oblig...
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Subby's drunk. How does he know which way the driver was going?
 
2013-02-20 05:59:20 PM
 
2013-02-20 06:00:32 PM
Was in Florida driving a few years back (as an Englishman on holiday so obviously not amazingly familiar with the roads) Sign said something like the highway was the next right. Took the next right...

Those wrong way signs prevented me from having a very bad time. No "no entry" signs or anything indicating that the road wasn't the "next right"
 
2013-02-20 06:01:15 PM
One lane for both directions just sounds like a really really bad idea.
Never seen anything like that up here in the northeast
 
2013-02-20 06:02:39 PM

FriarReb98: So if I'm reading the story right, not only has this happened before with  car

a different bus, but they apparently did nothing about it then, either.  Farking brilliant.

Even better. It sounds like it happened before with another BUS, not a car and they did nothing about it. FTA: "...an investigation recommended a series of changes in training and in the bus dispatch center in order to try to prevent the precise thing that happened on Tuesday morning."
 
2013-02-20 06:04:50 PM
Make a U Turn? I thought the solution was to shoot the hostage. Always.
 
2013-02-20 06:04:59 PM
Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

londonbikers.com

www.swindonweb.com

And here's the road sign for that second one
 
2013-02-20 06:07:44 PM
The idea of chaning HOV lanes is not all together bad but there has to be better flow control.

There are some in Hampton Road Virginia but they have gates at every exit.  In the decade I lived in the area the only time I knew of someone getting on the wrong way, the guy went around the gates.   It's not that uncommon, northern VA has them as well on 95, go with the flow of traffic.

The worst I've ever seen is Nicholasville Road in Lexington KY, the lanes change directions based on the time of day.   It's like seven lanes wide and depending on what time of day anywhere from one to five lanes go in either direction.
 
2013-02-20 06:08:02 PM

LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one


I farking hate round-abouts. I've found 2 in AZ and one is a doubled up to be two in a row. Unless you're getting on a freeway prepare for confusion.

/we have a really farking simple freeway system in Phoenix-metro
 
2013-02-20 06:10:22 PM

FriarReb98: PapaChester: "The HOV lanes were closed for about an hour while Colorado State Patrol officers and Denver Police officers worked to turn the long bus around."

Are these buses on tracks or something? An hour? To pull a U-turn?

Do you really think a regular bus could do a U-turn in a 3-lane wide HOV lane, let alone the longcat of buses that that one apparently is?


Why even do a u-turn? How about ... close one on-ramp, detour traffic around to the next, and let the bus drive off towards a parking lot or half-way into an intersection, then back up a little bit and drive off.
 
2013-02-20 06:11:20 PM

ZAZ: In the Boston area we have a "zipper" lane that is safe from wrong way traffic by design


Are those the ones where a truck actually moves the barrier over a lane?
 
2013-02-20 06:11:28 PM
Legalized marijuana at work....
 
2013-02-20 06:11:36 PM

neuroflare: LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one

I farking hate round-abouts. I've found 2 in AZ and one is a doubled up to be two in a row. Unless you're getting on a freeway prepare for confusion.

/we have a really farking simple freeway system in Phoenix-metro


Roundabouts (traffic circles) aren't that confusing. And here's the sign, Fark threw away despite it showing up in the WYSIWYG editor
.www.armin-grewe.com
 
2013-02-20 06:14:00 PM

gunga galunga: I_Am_Weasel: Oblig...
[www.examiner.com image 430x286]

Subby's drunk. How does he know which way the driver was going?



g.virbcdn.com
 
2013-02-20 06:14:10 PM

neuroflare: LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one

I farking hate round-abouts. I've found 2 in AZ and one is a doubled up to be two in a row. Unless you're getting on a freeway prepare for confusion.

/we have a really farking simple freeway system in Phoenix-metro


Here's the google maps link of it if anyone gives a damn

/yeah it's not that bad compared to others, but it's more of a foreign object for people who grew up here
 
2013-02-20 06:14:47 PM
 
2013-02-20 06:16:06 PM

LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:


Indeed...

"Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contenders for exhibit A."
―Good Omens
 
2013-02-20 06:17:10 PM

LucklessWonder: Roundabouts (traffic circles) aren't that confusing. And here's the sign, Fark threw away despite it showing up in the WYSIWYG editor


Yo dawg, I heard you liked traffic circles.

They aren't bad if they're used appropriately.  Teensy tiny ones usually cause more confusion than they help avoid.  Properly sized ones tend to be helpful.
 
2013-02-20 06:17:42 PM

LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one


You could be stuck in that roundabout until you ran out of gas and had to abandon your vehicle.
 
2013-02-20 06:19:41 PM

PapaChester: Are these buses on tracks or something? An hour? To pull a U-turn?


There's a pic in TFA, if you'd bother to look. Not only was it one of the extra long articulated bastards, but the HOV lanes it was in are between the NB and SB interstate lanes so they only have 2 lanes + shoulder between the jersey barriers. The bus is longer than that.
 
2013-02-20 06:24:19 PM

soaboutthat: The idea of chaning HOV lanes is not all together bad but there has to be better flow control.

There are some in Hampton Road Virginia but they have gates at every exit.  In the decade I lived in the area the only time I knew of someone getting on the wrong way, the guy went around the gates.   It's not that uncommon, northern VA has them as well on 95, go with the flow of traffic.

The worst I've ever seen is Nicholasville Road in Lexington KY, the lanes change directions based on the time of day.   It's like seven lanes wide and depending on what time of day anywhere from one to five lanes go in either direction.


Came here to mention Nicholasville Road. I'm not a confident driver and I'm terrified of that stretch. I know at morning rush hour they're inbound and at evening rush hour they're outbound, but I have no idea when they change.
 
2013-02-20 06:24:38 PM
Well it was nice of the officer(s) to give the person a ticket that includes jail time and probably the loss of their license for an easily explained misunderstanding.

Ohh yea, I forgot there is absolutely no room for accidents that can be let go with a warning.
 
2013-02-20 06:27:16 PM

Noticeably F.A.T.: There's a pic in TFA, if you'd bother to look. Not only was it one of the extra long articulated bastards, but the HOV lanes it was in are between the NB and SB interstate lanes so they only have 2 lanes + shoulder between the jersey barriers. The bus is longer than that.


Not to mention that even if it were in a 5+ lane wide area with plenty of turnaround room stopping 5+ lanes worth of highway traffic to let it turn around then starting it back up again can inconvenience massive amounts of drivers vs waiting for a while for an opening to be arranged for.
 
2013-02-20 06:29:20 PM
Thank god I live in a 1 horse town.

No get off my mountain!
 
2013-02-20 06:29:37 PM

LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one


you sure that 2nd one's not a crop circle?
 
2013-02-20 06:35:03 PM
To heck with signs.  How much duct tape did they use to hold that poor bus together?
 
2013-02-20 06:35:37 PM
www.3k.org
Pittsburgh. Luckily I was lazy and not driving.
 
2013-02-20 06:36:13 PM

ashinmytomatoes: LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

Indeed...

"Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contenders for exhibit A."
―Good Omens


Love that book!
 
2013-02-20 06:37:55 PM

The Onion is prophetic: That is quite possibly the dumbest idea I've ever seen for a freeway.


They don't call 'em "suicide lanes" for nothing.
 
2013-02-20 06:39:24 PM

Breygon: LucklessWonder: Some more infamous British roads that could be just as confusing:

[londonbikers.com image 468x344]

[www.swindonweb.com image 433x295]

And here's the road sign for that second one

you sure that 2nd one's not a crop circle?


Yep, it's about 3 miles from where I lived during my freshman year in college.
 
2013-02-20 06:44:09 PM

ZAZ: In the Boston area we have a "zipper" lane that is safe from wrong way traffic by design.


Ladies and gentlemen, the only intelligent bit of traffic planning that ever happened in the Boston area.
 
2013-02-20 06:49:08 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: [www.3k.org image 315x336]
Pittsburgh. Luckily I was lazy and not driving.


That's construction.

Also, easy peasy. You should see the side streets? Wanna go left? Turn right, under the bridge, round the bend, come it in Squirel Hill somehow.
 
2013-02-20 06:49:46 PM
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times

/traffic engineers are insane and sadistic bastards
 
2013-02-20 06:49:49 PM
I've driven that stretch many times.  I agree it can be confusing.  Many times it was a huge time saver though.
 
2013-02-20 06:52:49 PM
Did they shoot the hostage??
 
2013-02-20 06:54:01 PM

vudukungfu: Did they shoot the hostage??


We can only hope.
 
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