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^For that matter, ADA rules say that new developments have to have accessible paths with ramps of no more than 8%. New residential streets with sidewalks that are publicly maintained often have slopes greater than that, but I don't think it's ever been challenged.
Almost by definition, the suburbs are the domain of the middle and upper classes. The lower classes cannot reach the suburbs because they do not drive. Some suburban residents realize this, and want to keep it that way.
Suburbs are now poorer on average than core cities. There have been several discussions on this site about this recent phenomenon.
Agreed.....but actually there are two good railroad grade separation projects on the appproved list.... McCord Rd in Toledo and SR 58 in Wellington. It will eliminate two busy and dangerous railroad grade crossings.
A two-year transportation-spending bill signed recently by Gov. John Kasich allows the state to enlist private companies to build and maintain highways. Wray said that strategy - the companies then could charge tolls or get payments from the state - could stretch government's road-building dollars.MORPC Executive Director Chester Jourdan said leaders need to look at new ways to pay for roadwork to keep people and goods moving. Gasoline taxes have paid for highway projects historically, but consumption declines during the recession and recent price spikes have made that source less reliable.
No portion of the Interstate Highway System may be tolled. While I-80 is shown on maps as part of the Turnpike, they only do that to make navigation easier. Same with I-77/64 and the WV Turnpike. I-71 would have to be decommissioned through Columbus and changed over to a toll road.
Quote from: GCrites80s on April 22, 2011, 08:52:57 AMNo portion of the Interstate Highway System may be tolled. While I-80 is shown on maps as part of the Turnpike, they only do that to make navigation easier. Same with I-77/64 and the WV Turnpike. I-71 would have to be decommissioned through Columbus and changed over to a toll road. Actually many portions of the Interstate Highway system are tolled, (mostly because they're bridges, tunnels, or highways that charged tolls before they became interstates) but there has to be a reason to do so, and it must be approved by the FHWA.
Kasich is not one for playing by rules, so we shall see how he tries to do toll implementation...if he is actually serious about it.
Which (the federal government) isn't making such approvals -- as evidenced recently by the FHWA's denial of PennDOT's request to make I-80 a toll road.
Under a FHWA Pilot Program, there are a limited number of existing interstate highways that can be tolled. I believe there are a total of 6 or 8 slots in this program, which PA I-80 was trying for, without success. There are still slots available for a state to apply for.
There are three slots.
That language should actually improve funding chances for rail, due to its untapped economic development potential.I guess the question is: who gets to determine the expected economic impact of a given project?
Quote from: Boreas on May 11, 2011, 01:28:08 PMThere are three slots. Yeah, and only one of the three slots is still available. It doesn't seem like many states have applied for a slot, so I'm kind of surprised I-80 in PA got turned down, unless (1) they're getting picky since there's only one slot left or (2) they just didn't want both major east-west interstates in PA to be toll roads.