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Transportation

Drive Like You’re Invisible

I drive a white 10-passenger Ford Transit. It’s a decent size.

This morning, someone stopped and proceeded through the intersection (where I had no stop sign) right in front of me. Standing on the brake and laying on the horn, I’m not sure how I didn’t hit him, but stopped just short.

I’m in a Ford Transit owners’ Facebook group and one mantra that I’ve taken to heart has been: “In other cars, you try to get around traffic. In a Transit, you are the traffic”. Another one shared today from motorcycle lifeā€”drive like you are invisible.

Even in a huge van, it still applies.

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Transportation

Citizen Pulls Over Texas State Trooper For Speeding

While I don’t suggest trying this at home (or while driving), wow. The trooper seemed as nervous as I do when I’ve been pulled over. He loses points for seemingly trying to not identify himself initially but was overall polite.

My experiences with Texas State Troopers, which have been more times that I care to admit, have all been very positive and respectful. My stops with local county/city officers average a bit more gruff.

While I want to get a dashcam, I won’t be using it for anything like this.

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College Photoblog Transportation

Don’t Text and Walk

Seen on The University of Texas at Austin campus
Seen on The University of Texas at Austin campus
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Austin Transportation

The History of 51st and I-35

Texas is planning on installing their first modern roundabout on an Interstate frontage road near me, at 51st and I-35. Just east of the intersection is my development, the old Austin airport, that will at full build houseĀ ~10,000 people and employ ~10,000 people. The development includes big box retail, the area’s children’s hospital, medical research campus, “town center” walkable commercial, etc.

Per TxDOT, the traffic load for the intersection being rebuilt is projected to increase so much by 2020 that they would need to build a triple left-turn lane to keep it flowing under the traditional model. Instead, the propose adding an Interstate bypass lane for frontage road traffic not needing 51st St access and a roundabout that looks pretty intelligent at first look.

This intersection, though, has seen a lot of changes over the year, mostly negatively impacting the intersection.

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Funny Transportation

Delta Earned Points Today

Source: The Internetest safety video on the Internet – YouTube

Delta’s latest safety video made it jump up quite a bit in my list of airlines I tolerate. Southwest has been known for having fun safety briefings, but Delta is bring game.

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Photoblog Transportation

Vintage Subway

The New York City Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NYC.
The New York City Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NYC.