Friday, April 22, 2016

New Arizona Sign

This one is based on their license plate. (The one I created before was based on their flag.)


It's a simple design, with the state name bannered at the top in Candara typeface about 5" height and the route number in big (12") numerals in the middle in the US Series D Highway Gothic typeface. The state nickname is at the lower right in the same typeface as on the license plate, scaled up with the scenery on the bottom.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Miami-Dade Transit

***Revised and Expanded April 9, 2016****

This is quite a detour from the International Highway Makeover but there is more than one way of making over highways. For instance, you can alleviate the choked traffic on them by building... SUBWAYS! That's right, subways. Heavy rail rapid transit, whether underground in tunnels, depressed tracks in trenches, right on the ground surface, elevated on levees, or overhead on skyways, will alleviate traffic on surface highways once they are attractive enough and there are enough of them.

Originally the system was envisioned as two branches to the northwest, one branch to the west and one line to the south. Other extensions were also put on the table and thought about. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about all this:

One variation of the Orange Line extensions was for a continuation passed the current airport station instead of the 1984 ghost platform at Government Center.

From the beginning, the Metrorail was designed and envisioned to have more lines than the current two line system; however, the federally subsidized cost of the original line ended up over budget at $1.02 billion,[9] after which ridership was much lower than expected. The proposed lines included:[18]

You can obtain a more in-depth discussion of the above and other extensions at this link here (30 Mb PDF).

One variation of the Orange Line extensions was for a continuation
past the current airport station instead of the 1984 ghost platform at Government Center.
Source Credit: FrickFrack at English Wikipedia

Back in 2010 I found a map drawn up by someone from Miami and they had an idea for many extensions:

Whoever came up with this give me a call-out!

I do not know what has happened to this jpeg image since Miami-Dade Transit officials pulled the east-west Orange Line extension past the Airport and the other Orange Line extension north past NW 79th Street off the table and opted only for the Earlington Heights-Miami Central Station Connector.

And here is my take on the extensions above map. Watch out - it's huge (10.2 Mb)!

My Modest Proposal.
I think the first priority should be to build the Royal Palm Line, or Green Line, down to Cutler Ridge, extend the King Orange Line from Earlington Heights out to the west end of Arthur Godfrey Road in Miami Beach, and begin the Gold Coast Line from Downtown Miami north to at least the Design District, or better yet, Biscayne Plaza. Second on the agenda should be the construction of the Port Deco (Blue) and Central (Red) Lines from the Airport via the Orange Bowl and NW 7th St to Government Center and at least Port of Miami East, the extension of the Gold Coast Line further north, and the extension of the Tri-Rail down to Tamiami Airport. Third would be the completion of the Port Deco Line to Beach 5th St, the start of construction on the King Orange / Central Lines to FIU Tamiami and the completion of the northern Gold Coast Line to and perhaps into Broward County. Fourth would be the extension of the Gold Coast Line down to Florida City (of course this could be done earlier since Miami-Dade County owns the right-of-way so construction will be cheap) and the construction of the Citrus Line from the Airport to Douglas Road. Last would be the extension of the Citrus Line north to Calder, because, well, look where it's going!

The best way to do this I think is to extend Miami-Dade's half-penny tax for rapid transit over Broward and Palm Beach Counties and give the money AND the Metrorail / Metromover system over to Tri-Rail since at least they haven't been notoriously conspicuous in political corruption AND they can build Metrorails in those two counties, too, with the money. Which they should.

So what do you think of it?  All other things being equal, do you Miami-Dade Countians think it's a good rail rapid transit plan?

Yes, I know Miami is doomed because of AGW. In fact, it's supposed to become uninhabitable long before the seawaters flood the county's interior and coastal zones due to their infiltration of the groundwater in the Biscayne Aquifer, which South Floridians use for their drinking water. One or two drinking water wells have already been put out of commission due to this.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Suggestion for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority!


The signs for the Masssachusetts and Delaware tolls are simple, concise and informative enough... in other words, looking good! But the south end of the Jersey Turnpike is a completely different story.

I mean, LOOK at all this crap! Just look at it!

You have a small sign over the high speed lane bearing the message, "E-ZPass EXPRESS LANES" with an electronic screen, supposedly indicating when the lanes are closed. (And why do you need to close the E-ZPass lanes anyway? Just have a spare lane like normal turnpikes!)

The other sign over the right travel and breakdown lanes is just overcrowded with a lot of messages, which makes it very difficult to read at 65, 70 miles an hour. Six lines of text on the left, five on the right. And some of those messages are unnecessary! (Such as if it's a toll tags only lane, you don't need the additional "NO CASH" message. And the "REDUCE SPEED" is also unnecessary; the drivers know there's a toll plaza coming up, they have to reduce speed! Except in the toll tags only lanes, of course -- those guys can speed right through. And even with the "NO CASH" message, it's hard to tell if cash is not accepted in the right travel lane and very impossible to tell is cash is not accepted in the high speed lane.

And that's without the distraction of the flashing yellow lights.  I wonder if drivers have rear-ended others while trying to decipher this sign, HAHAHA.

Maybe the NJTA should consider extending the auxiliary turnoff lane back to this sign if rear-end collisions are a problem.

Well I've come up with a better one, based on my "E-ZPass TAGS ONLY" sign in the previous post. First, I merged two signs into one for two lanes restricted to toll tags only.

Voila! Simple enough, Jerseyites?  It's bottom message, "TAGS ONLY" in regulatory black-and-white for each lane clearly indicate that cash is not allowed.  This can be installed on the sign bridge that's off in the distance.

Now for the replacement sign on the immediately near sign bridge:

Now this sign, suspended over both travel lanes and breakdown lane gets the message across for both toll tag holders and cash toll payers much more quickly than all that illegibly small and crowded stuff the NJTA put on their sign.  Everything is simple and concise. The cash toll payers are instructed to bear right, while the toll tag holders can breeze on through. (And the word "THROUGH" is spelled correctly, too.)

But if you think you need the "NO CASH" message for each toll tag lane, just get rid of "ALL LANES THROUGH" and scoot up the "E-ZPass" and "CASH" messages to make room for "NO CASH" in the regulatory black-and-white field directly under each "E-ZPass."

Now back to the far sign bridge, here's my design for the cash toll lanes guide sign on the right:

This is simple enough, too. Only three lines of text and two turnoff arrows, one over each lane.

Now for the big enchilada... how it will look like in real life.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Suggestions for E-Z Pass Only / No Cash Lanes.

I sampled some existing E-Z Pass toll lanes signs from off the internet, and I am less than impressed with how they do things up in the Northeast and the Midwest... except for Delaware and Massachusetts; their signs look good with no nonsense.

Mouth of the Sumner Tunnel
Lookin' good, Mass!
New Jersey Turnpike
Can you read all this clutter at high speeds? Difficult for me.
Can you figure if the express lanes to the left are tags only? Some people can't! LOL

Route 95 Delaware Turnpike

Here in Louisiana, we have a simple "TAGS ONLY" sign over each electronically automatic toll collection (transponders only, no cash accepted) lane.

So here is my suggestion for some of you Toll Road Authorities up north in Yankeeland. ;^)