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 on: Today at 09:50:42 AM 
Started by mvak36 - Last post by mvak36

Saw this in the article:
For example, one of the projects that the administration told Congress it had chosen for a Mega Grant will widen Interstate 10 — but in Mississippi, not Arizona. Davis said the department likely preferred the Mississippi project due to its significantly lower price tag. This year’s Mega Grants combine three different award types into a single application, one of which caters specifically to rural and impoverished communities.

Some of the winning grants are for bridges, while others are for mass transit — including improvements to Chicago’s commuter train system and concrete casing for a rail tunnel in Midtown Manhattan.

Along with the nine projects selected, transportation department staff listed seven others as “highly recommended” — a distinction Davis said makes them clear front-runners to secure money next year. Arizona’s I-10 widening effort was part of a third group of 13 projects labeled as “recommended,” which Davis said could put them in contention for future funding unless they’re surpassed by even stronger applicants.

These awards haven't been announced yet so will be interesting to see what got selected. The article said they will announce the awards this week.

 on: Today at 09:36:12 AM 
Started by Desert Man - Last post by JayhawkCO
-7° and sunny.

 on: Today at 09:29:35 AM 
Started by Tom958 - Last post by D-Dey65
I still remember a Newsday article where they referred to the upgrade of NY 27 between NY 454 and Nicoll's Road (Suffolk CR 97) as "The $22 Million Mile."

 on: Today at 09:18:14 AM 
Started by Alex - Last post by D-Dey65
The fact that you now have traffic jams as far east as Exit 68, doesn't give me much confidence in seeing the speed limit raised anywhere on the Long Island Expressway.

Portions of the Thruway getting a raise, I can understand.

 on: Today at 09:11:00 AM 
Started by kenarmy - Last post by D-Dey65
Last night I saw a young woman in a flattering black dress with a beaded necklace and no makeup at a nearby Wal-Mart. She looked like she was ready to go on a date with some guy after she left the store, and I did something impulsive. I told her she looked like she was going on a date. Her reply was "It better be with my husband."  I complimented him to her for his taste in women and walked away.

After this however, I started to think she assumed I was trying to pick her up. For the record, I wasn't.

 on: Today at 09:07:34 AM 
Started by Dirt Roads - Last post by Chris
Obviously this is something that will vary a lot with the price of gas (which of course varies from city to city), as well as one's personal situation. A person who lives in an apartment is less likely to be able to charge their car at home, and thus will have to pay a premium to recharge, as opposed to someone who charges from home and pays nothing more than they would for any other ordinary kWh that comes out of the outlet.

This is a huge barrier to EV adoption in situations where people do not have their own driveway, but park in the street or in a lot, have to charge at a public charging station and pay a premium.

Most early adopters of EVs in Europe drive them as a business lease, so price of both the vehicle as well as charging is not really a consideration, while it is much more significant for private buyers.

Having a driveway is not as common in Europe (though varies heavily by country), and is more likely to be associated with upper class households. This is why private adoption of EVs is still pretty niche, with Norway being the main exception. But their far higher nominal incomes overcome that barrier.

The Netherlands has one of the highest shares of electric vehicles in Europe (3.5% of all passenger cars), but private ownership of EVs is still only around 0.1% of all passenger cars.

 on: Today at 09:07:03 AM 
Started by webny99 - Last post by ethanhopkin14
Once a football game is over, it is over--no matter if there were bad officiating calls involved.  Teams can complain to the media about it, however, it will not change the outcome.  It's not like the NBA, where if one team lodges a protest and it is upheld, the game re-starts from the point of the protest.  The NFL has no such protest protocol system.
I don't think that the NBA has ever done that before.
Yes, there have been 35 protests in NBA-ABA history.  8 games have been overturned and were replayed from the point of the protest (6 NBA games and 2 ABA games).   The last two NBA protested games were played in 2008 and 1983.  Two of the games resulted in the protest team winning the replayed games after losing the original game.  One can find this on NBA Hoops Online.  There is also a more detailed explanation of each instance on Reddit.  I googled "NBA protested games".

So I didn't know this either, but this also in a way disproves that officiating is getting worse.  If anything, these protested games from 15 & 40 years ago, the most recent, show that officiating was worse in the past.

I don't think the games were rigged, or even that the refs were deliberately biased, but those were two of the worst-officiated playoff games I can remember. They need to be better.

This has been said about nearly every game this year.  Yet, we've had games in the past which lead to rule changes.  I don't see that happening with what happened in the playoffs here.  A ball ruled a catch that may have not been fully controlled?   We have seen that for decades.   A late hit out of bounds?   The players know the QBs will be protected.  Intentional grounding?  Many people have no clue what the definition of it is, although it's a bit subjective as to who "is in the area."

As always, I will say the same thing.  This was not the worst officiated game in the history of the NFL, nor was it the best.  It was pretty average.  Intentional grounding, he through it at the feet of an ineligible receiver, you will get called for that all the time.  Late hit out of bounds; if you push the face of the NFL when he is standing on the white and he hits the bench, it doesn't matter how soft or hard you touch him, you will get that flag every single time.  You can argue whether or not they were ticky tack calls, but the league is consistent with those rules.  There were several defensive holding calls in both games that were spot on.

I can't stand hearing people say "they (the officials) need to be better" or "they need to be accountable".  There is no group of humans on a field that's more accountable.  The players make mistakes, throw interceptions, fumble the ball and they just go back in and play the next down.  When the officials make a mistake they are downgraded and about five different league officials and the supervisor of officials all replay that play ad nauseum to the point of exhaustion.  The players have one reporter bring up their interception and they act like a baby and don't answer the question.  The officials can't do that.  They have to take the berating and asked why they are stupid enough to call what they called, and some mistakes cause loss of games or termination.  The players and coaches can act like complete animals on the field when something slightly doesn't go their way and everything is fine, but the official has to remain emotionless and stoic even though you know they want to punch the daylights out of the coach or player yelling at them.   Then the coach or player come back and say, "I was just emotional", like the guy they were yelling at that actually remained calm doesn't have emotions, but he is grown up enough to keep his emotions in check. 

In conclusion, officials have to be accountable of every mistake they make, have to show zero emotion (like laugh or smile because God forbid it can be misconstrued that it looks like they are happy one team is winning, and the other team is losing) run all game (because remember, offensive players get to sit on the bench and jack around when their team is on defense, do the officials get that?), keep up with players half or 3/4 their age, make split second decisions using their rules knowledge and experience, know that every mistake will be extra scrutinized (and for some for the rest of their lives) while the players and coaches can make mistakes right and left and no craps are given (or they just blame it on the officials) and in the end always keep their cool and defuse the situation when things go awry but yet "they have to do better"?  Seems like the way these punks act, they don't deserve the level of officiating they get. 

 on: Today at 09:05:04 AM 
Started by Beltway - Last post by 74/171FAN
(For US 11, US 15, PA 45, PA 147, and PA 405) PennDOT - District 3 News: PennDOT Releases Preliminary Traffic Count Numbers After CSVT Opening

 on: Today at 09:04:41 AM 
Started by CoreySamson - Last post by index
For those that are debating whether parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware are in the South or not: Any area there with a Wawa is definitely not Southern. Areas without a Wawa are not necessarily Southern, but may be. I'm going to call this the "Wawa Rule".

That’s going to break down if you try to apply it to north Florida, which is absolutely southern but does have a limited Wawa presence. The one right off 75 in Gainesville comes to mind.

That's why I specified any area *there*:

whether parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware are in the South or not: Any area there with a Wawa

The rule doesn't apply to Florida because areas there with a Wawa are near universally considered Southern and doesn't need to have many distinctions made (nor is the rule meant to be taken very seriously).

The whole logic behind the joke is that areas in the lower Mid-Atlantic with a Wawa are closer to the more mainstream culture in the region which has been becoming more and more Northern as time goes on, as opposed to the more rural, Southern holdouts which are not major enough or economically linked up to bigger Mid-Atlantic cities to justify having a Wawa there. Having a Wawa is sort of an indicator as to how Northern/non-Southern a particular area in one of those states might be.

 on: Today at 08:44:15 AM 
Started by V'Ger - Last post by Mapmikey
Yeah. NC can really go out there with control cities. If you like this one, check out the cc's for NC42 at US64 near Bethel. Plenty of communities "skipped over" on that one.

These cities don’t make sense for both directions on US 64.

EB should be Oak City and Ahoskie
WB should be Pinetops and Wilson

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