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Someone has already driven 200 mph on Texas 130
Houston Chronicle ^ | October 25, 2012 | Dan X. McGraw

Posted on 10/25/2012 12:58:48 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WATCH

Texas opened the fastest highway in the nation this weekend, but before a single driver got onto the road, Texan John Hennessey was cruising down the freeway at more than 200 mph.

Hennessey, who specializes in making some of the fastest cars, asked lawmakers if he could test whether the TxTag toll tag system could capture license plates and tags at the new high speeds, according to Jalopnik.

Texas officials gave him the thumbs up to test the system on the open road.

Hennessey topped out his car at 220 mph, and the tag system grabbed his tag and license plate at 180 mph.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 85mph; speedlimit; toll; tx
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1 posted on 10/25/2012 12:58:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That’s a real gentleman - sacrificing his time to help the state of Texas.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 1:00:28 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Pollster1

:)


3 posted on 10/25/2012 1:02:48 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The RFID technology can read a tag in less than 3 milliseconds. In fact, the system can have multiple handshakes with the tag while its in the window of opportunity.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 1:02:59 PM PDT by DallasDeb
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He went thru a toll booth lane at 220mph? Holy Carp!


5 posted on 10/25/2012 1:07:28 PM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

0-60 in about 4 seconds, hits 100 in a couple more. Nice sounding vehicle.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 1:08:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is fantastic. But can they detect whether I’ve ripped off a license plate to cover my real one and the fact I just love to wear a gorilla face mask might make it difficult to tag me unless they pull me over in person.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT by BipolarBob (G Orwell was an optimist it seems.)
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To: DallasDeb; All

“.......Even if they don’t like tolls, people are still curious about 85 mph. It’s an attention-grabbing piece of marketing.

For the next two weeks, drivers can test out the speeds for free. The tolls kick in on Nov. 11; rates will be based on the size of the vehicle, method of payment and how far the vehicle travels.

A Lockhart pastor who wouldn’t give his name because, he said, he didn’t want to make any enemies, described the two-week moratorium on tolls like a pretty woman or an illegal substance. Both lure you in. But a little taste of those high speeds, and you’re hooked:

“It’s gonna be like alcohol,” he said. Soon, you “can’t put that bottle down.”.........

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-130-toll-road-Life-in-the-fastest-lane-3979397.php


8 posted on 10/25/2012 1:09:57 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: carriage_hill

No toll booth, they have over head receivers. No more dangerous than going 220 on a regular road.


9 posted on 10/25/2012 1:10:56 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ve been seeing the “SH-130..Free until November 10” ads on television..

Since in TX, if the speed limit sign says 70, it means go 80, I guess on SH-130, people will be going 95..

I did notice when I took I-10 to Houston awhile back, that the closer you got to Houston, the more people drove the posted speed limit. In the Western Hill Country..not so much.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 1:12:47 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. This is FreeRepublic, afterall.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, my Suzuki 4wd could easily mange 85 km/h on the 85 mph stretch.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 1:15:15 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t know about Austin, but not many people drive slower than 85 in Dallas.


12 posted on 10/25/2012 1:15:54 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Pollster1

LOL.....

I would have loved to had driven that highway in my 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake with 850 horse power, but my wife won’t let me buy one.....


13 posted on 10/25/2012 1:16:36 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: driftdiver

Ever hit one of those expansion gap bump strips at 200mph+ (300fps)? Whoeee; that’s a pants-loader if you’re not ready for it. Airborne 1-2” and 4 clouds of blue tire smoke. LOL.


14 posted on 10/25/2012 1:19:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill ("0bummer's a towering figure" - even a Garden Gnome casts a long shadow at sunset.)
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To: carriage_hill

Did you see the viral video of the car hitting a concrete blow up on the highway driving 70 to 75?

At 200 MPH you would fly a very long way before you reached earth again.


15 posted on 10/25/2012 1:26:39 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: carriage_hill
He went thru a toll booth lane at 220mph? Holy Carp!

About 180 when he went through the "gate".

However, there's no "booth". It's just the equivalent of an overhead sign, with cameras and RFID tag readers over the roadway.

The new tollways in Texas are using these readers, and not building "cattle chute" toll plazas. The old toll plazas are gradually being ripped out and replaced, too.

16 posted on 10/25/2012 1:28:29 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now the boys all thought I’d lost my sense,
them telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said “slow down, I see spots,”
the lines on the road just looked like dots.


17 posted on 10/25/2012 1:30:23 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: driftdiver
I don’t know about Austin, but not many people drive slower than 85 in Dallas.

In Dallas, everyone droves 99 mph or 0. Nothing in between.

18 posted on 10/25/2012 1:33:12 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Gator113
I would have loved to had driven that highway in my 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake with 850 horse power, but my wife bank account won’t let me buy one.....
19 posted on 10/25/2012 1:34:45 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: justlurking
It's just the equivalent of an overhead sign, with cameras and RFID tag readers over the roadway.

Will they take my E-Z Pass?

20 posted on 10/25/2012 1:37:26 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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