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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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To: Skooz

;>)... the begging continues.


21 posted on 10/25/2012 1:41:22 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: Cincinatus' Wife

The beltway in Houston feels like NASCAR at times...


22 posted on 10/25/2012 1:44:35 PM PDT by tje
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To: carriage_hill
He went thru a toll booth lane at 220mph? Holy Carp!

The toll readers on the main lanes are just overhead reader / scanners for the TXTAG with cameras to capture the license plate. The off ramp booths are just wide enough to let 18 wheelers and delivery trucks off the road. 35 MPH is max on those.

23 posted on 10/25/2012 1:45:44 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

hmmmm.. wonder if they’ll try to automatically ticket anybody caught averaging above 85 mph between timed tollgate captures?


24 posted on 10/25/2012 1:46:20 PM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: JimRed
Will they take my E-Z Pass?

Toll roads in Florida don't accept them...seems unlikely Texas would.

25 posted on 10/25/2012 1:46:50 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: bigbob

http://www.flagusa2007.com/msb12-1006/Commander%20Cody%20-%20Hot%20Rod%20Lincoln.mp3


26 posted on 10/25/2012 1:46:55 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

http://www.automobilesreview.com/pictures/2013-hennessey-cadillac-vr1200-twin-turbo-coupe/


27 posted on 10/25/2012 1:47:07 PM PDT by digger48
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To: JimRed
Will they take my E-Z Pass?

I don't think so. You need a TxTag: http://www.txtag.org/.

However, that works everywhere in Texas. The Dallas and Houston tolltag authorities have their own tolltag, but they also work everywhere in Texas.

You can still drive on the tollroads. It will just snap a picture of your license plate and mail a bill to the address on your registration. However, it's about 50% more, at least where I drive.

I don't know if they send the bill for just one or two tolls.

28 posted on 10/25/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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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

Hey, I've got one of those too!

29 posted on 10/25/2012 1:51:27 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: BipolarBob
I don't know about that but a Brit driver figured out how to give the German speed cameras a fit.
The Muppets do the Autobahn
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2008/10/29/epic-fail-animal-from-the-muppets-pwns-german-police/
30 posted on 10/25/2012 1:54:06 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: Gator113
but my wife won’t let me buy one.....

That's a bummer! Not to worry Gator, I'll let you drive mine.....(when I can afford one).

What a conundrum, you can afford one but can't, while I can't afford one but can.......life isn't fair.

31 posted on 10/25/2012 1:57:29 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: Skooz

I guess it was just my bad luck to get pulled over in Garland for doing 75.


32 posted on 10/25/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
My car is having work done so I have a rental.

It is a 2013 Cruze....can do 140mph.

What's the point?

33 posted on 10/25/2012 1:59:57 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It can capture the plate in milliseconds...but they wont send you the bill until its already late with a fine attached.


34 posted on 10/25/2012 2:02:42 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: listenhillary

No, didn’t see it. I can’t imagine. Hope they went quickly...


35 posted on 10/25/2012 2:03:05 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: Arrowhead1952; justlurking

I don’t get out much on interstates or toll roads, anymore. I just remember those toll booth chutes from many years ago. Try to stay on rural or side roads, now. :)


36 posted on 10/25/2012 2:06:33 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

Hennessey was the driver? I wonder if Hennessey has cleaned up his act. A few years back he was sued over and over in Harris county for all sorts of things related to not doing things to peoples cars that he agreed to make faster.

You can google it....


37 posted on 10/25/2012 2:07:00 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Sometimes I’m just so HOTDAMN proud. Observe this, U.N.


38 posted on 10/25/2012 2:08:57 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (Muppet season now open - no bag limit)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Quote on the Hennessey Performance web site for this car, Cadillac CTS-V 610 to 1250 HP Available and top speed of up to 242mph.

Or maybe this 2013 Hennessey Venom GT @1244 HP as "The World's most powerful Roadster"

Gee I wonder what their gas mileage is?

39 posted on 10/25/2012 2:13:43 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: eyedigress

Bill Kirchen’s version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsLdufJePz0


40 posted on 10/25/2012 2:17:33 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: carriage_hill

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

They aren’t toll booths. They are baasically structures that span across the road with cameras in over the lanes.


41 posted on 10/25/2012 2:22:00 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: SES1066

That Cadillac is priced at 1.5 million... gas price is probably not an issue. ;>)


42 posted on 10/25/2012 2:31:03 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: Cincinatus' Wife

Here in El California, if you ain’t doin’ at least 75 you could be run over. Without tolls. Everywhere.

However, the video was great. Loud pipes rule.


43 posted on 10/25/2012 2:31:24 PM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Life needs to be longer... there are just too many toys to buy. ;>)


44 posted on 10/25/2012 2:32:57 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: BipolarBob
LOL!

After reading your post, your name and your tag line I clicked on your name.

45 posted on 10/25/2012 2:33:58 PM PDT by Lady Heron
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To: Skooz
In Dallas, everyone droves 99 mph or 0. Nothing in between.

A buddy of mine once described local traffic as "people here don't drive their cars, they aim them".

46 posted on 10/25/2012 2:35:04 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: JimRed; justlurking

Will they take my E-Z Pass?


If the EZ TAG and the EZ PASS are the same thing then you are good to go.

http://www.texastollways.com/austintollroads/english/pay.htm

TxTag is accepted on toll roads statewide. You can get your TxTag online or by phone at 1-888-468-9824.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area TollTag and Houston EZ TAG are also accepted on Austin area toll roads.


47 posted on 10/25/2012 2:45:58 PM PDT by deport
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I don’t get out on tollroads/interstates any more; just remember the PA Turnpike from many years ago. I’m a side road driver, living here in Farm Country.


48 posted on 10/25/2012 2:50:19 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

Now if Texas would just continue with that bypass all the way to the Oklahoma border. A few years ago my wife and I drove across Texas from the west to just north of San Antonio and then got on the bypass. It was great. Then we got off the bypass north of Austin. Then it was not great. We were in a traffic jam for about fifty miles on I-35 until we got to Waco and my brother’s house. The moral of the story: stay off I-35 on Fridays during football season.


49 posted on 10/25/2012 2:52:07 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: deport
If the EZ TAG and the EZ PASS are the same thing then you are good to go.

No, E-Z Pass is a mostly northeastern inter-agency pass:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-ZPass

50 posted on 10/25/2012 3:04:55 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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