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 on: Today at 08:51:33 PM 
Started by txstateends - Last post by skluth
Michigan is indeed in the Midwest and it's in the northern part of the Midwest, what else you going to call it? I remember several years ago someone tried telling me that Michigan isn't a part of the Midwest but rather the Northeast. My comment was yeah maybe if [you're] in California but Michigan is not a part of the Northeast.

You would be punctilious in assuming that. As a native west-coaster, I wouldn't readily consider Michigan part of the upper midwest. Why? It's part of the Eastern Time Zone.

The Midwest is generally anywhere between the mountains on either side of the country.  The border of Michigan is only about one hour away from Chicago, and there are no major regional differences in geography or culture in between.  Michigan is part of the Midwest.

I grew up and was a resident of Wisconsin until I was 31. I also majored in Geography. So by both anecdotal experience and my education, Michigan is part of the Upper Midwest.

The Midwest is usual considered the pre-expansion Big Ten states - MN, WI, MI, OH, IN, IL, and IA - along with MO, ND, SD, NE, and KS. OH is rarely lumped into the Northeast or northeast subregions. MO is sometimes part of the South. The four westernmost states are sometimes lumped into a separate category called the Great Plains states with OK (and occasionally TX). But I've never seen MI considered anything but Midwest.

 on: Today at 08:49:09 PM 
Started by Captain Jack - Last post by vdeane
A different type of inaccuracy... 'Fringe' was my absolutely favorite TV show, and it chiefly took place 'in Boston', despite being filmed in NYC (season 1) and Vancouver (seasons 2-5). Frequently they would be in suburbs of Boston (including Fitchburg, which I lived in at the time) that didn't even remotely resemble the filming location. The best being a chase scene on a six-lane boulevard in a very urban setting that was supposed to be Westford.
Not to mention all the times they'd be in "Pennsylvania" despite the scenery clearly being Canada (it's particularly prevalent in an episode of season 5), not to mention the Canadian railroad crossings as far back as season 1.

 on: Today at 08:27:19 PM 
Started by flaroads - Last post by 1995hoo
Thanks. That sounds sensible. I'll make sure I grab her phone before she leaves so I can set a reminder to make sure she removes our SunPass Mini when she returns the rental car!

 on: Today at 08:27:06 PM 
Started by index - Last post by index
I thought this was interesting. The three associated countries of the US, Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands all appear to use US traffic control. It's obvious when you think about it, they're US associated states, but I don't think many people have put much thought to it. It doesn't seem like there's anything particularly interesting or special to it, it's more of just a "huh, neat, i never really thought of that" thing.

Here's a few examples of Palau.






If you're interested, there's more. However, most of the photo spheres are on Palau.

 on: Today at 08:18:01 PM 
Started by yakra - Last post by yakra
Thanks for the responses.

*  Google Maps and OSM disagree as to the form of the Maple Hill city limits, which makes me think that one or the other is more up to date on annexations.
Although Google shows property south of the railroad tracks as being annexed by Maple Hill, the Wabunsee County GIS system does not.
I see that if I search for "maple hill ks", the red highlighted area includes land south of the tracks. Without searching, the area with the darker gray shaded area is comparable to what's in OSM. I'll chalk this up to Google being goofy...

The re-alignment of Waterman Crossing Road and removal of the railroad crossing should not have had any effect on where K-30’s northern endpoint is located.
*  KDOT has a city map for Maple Hill that dates to 2002, does not show the area south of the railroad tracks, and suggests that K-30 at the time had its endpoint where the city limits crossed the highway.
Worth noting here that the city boundary is the same in the 2002 and 2018 revisions. With the thinner line used for K-30 in the 2002 revision, one can just barely make out how the city line zig-zags from N to S across the K-30 ROW.
Here, K-30 clearly ends at the city line and NOT the RxR.

*  Have you checked for a city connecting link resolution in respect of any segments of K-30 that are now within the Maple Hill city limits?
I have not. You're much better than I am at this stuff; ISTR you posting the results of similar searches in other threads. Where's a link to a good place to start looking?

K-30’s north end was defined by resolution as being the west city limits of Maple Hill. I suspect that the State Highway Commission and the City agreed on the demarcation point where the road entered the city limits back when the route was designated, and it appears that Maple Hill has taken no action to annex property to shift that demarc, or if they had, they have deannexed the property.
"defined by resolution" -- would this be a resolution that defines K-30 overall, something different from the "city connecting link resolution" JNW mentions above?

One mystery I'm left with -- how do we explain the discrepancy in the city (and county) maps?

 on: Today at 08:15:17 PM 
Started by Tom89t - Last post by steviep24
Found this gem in the New York Transportation Museum in Rush, NY. Looks like it's from the 1930's or 40's. The controller is inside the wooden base they made for it but i'm sure it's a really old mechanical controller.


Looks the signal employed a green/amber combo before going red? Or were they just playing around? Cool stuff, man!

Lots of stuff in Spokane, WA, lately.

At this new signal in Spokane (from 2016), there is both a red arrow and red orb face on the same signal. Pretty sure that's not allowed...nor why it would be necessary. Yellow and green orbs below the signals, I believe. The only thing I can think of, is that the red arrow locks out left turns during the pedestrian phase, before disappearing. That would make it very Australian, IIRC.

https://goo.gl/kD6L5X (S Monroe (one-way SB) at Fourth Ave (one-way EB))

Just a sloppy controller. It didn't do that with every cycle.

 on: Today at 08:01:55 PM 
Started by Alex - Last post by Alps
US 422 in Pennsylvania.  Two sections.  The eastern section, according to Wikipedia, is 88 miles long.  The western section does not have a per-state mileage listed in the article, but is 183 miles long in total between PA and Ohio.

I've seen mileposts on the eastern section as high as 192 near King of Prussia.  What is this mileage based on?  Is it the total mileage of the two segments in PA?  The mileage in PA if the two segments were connected?  What?

It can't be eastern segment mileage alone because the milepost numbers are too high.
IIRC, the mileage listings along the eastern portion of US 422 includes the western portion plus mileage along the secret/silent concurrency w/US 22 & 322 between both segments.
That would be a lot more than 192. I suspect the concurrency is ignored.

 on: Today at 07:57:09 PM 
Started by Jim - Last post by 1
Inverness to Orange via E15

Panneau prix carburant autoroute A9 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], by Marc Mongenet, from Wikimedia Commons

 on: Today at 07:46:11 PM 
Started by flaroads - Last post by formulanone
So essentially on the SunPass issue the answer is pretty much "who knows what the best option is." Ugh.

If your account is up-to-date, you can confidently shut off the transponder and just use your SunPass Mini. Avis uses Velcro to hold it in place on the windshield. Sometimes I find it in the glovebox or center console storage (or completely missing) from the vehicle, but I suppose the OFF switch should do the trick by shielding the transponder

I don't think it checks license plates and verifies them against your account, unless your balance is not enough to pay the toll, or the transponder is not in use.

 on: Today at 07:45:55 PM 
Started by Jim - Last post by jbnv
Tavares, FL -> Florida 44 -> Inverness, FL

Florida 44 by Jay Bienvenu, on Flickr

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