Your comments on our Open Government Plan

Farm Trucks

As we harvest wheat this year in our great state of Kansas and haul our grain to town we see people texting, putting on makeup, talking on phones, looking at papers or maps, we see everything sitting up high in our trucks. I would have had several mishaps this year alone if I had not been on my toes, as farmers all we are trying to do is earn a living and take our crops to town. We are already regulated to death, spraying... more »

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The real motivation for raising the weight limit

Through all the so-called benefits, I would like to know if any of you has driven the Pennsylvania Turnpike-the weights for safety are at a max. Blowing smoke at us of one 'study' of the UK, that is not comparable to our interstate system does not fly. The motive is clear, the same trend we see across the country with our politicians/government owned by corporate America-to eliminate jobs or shrink the pay of middle class... more »

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(@rikmoonen)

Public Feedback & Involvement, Tools & Strategies...

Train noise pollution in the US

Trains are creating a lot of noise pollution in the US. I would like to inform you about what happens in Europe where population and train traffic is a lot denser than here in the US: Trains in Europe don't honk. Period. Drivers are assumed to respect the red lights, barriers and bell signals at the railroad crossings. Offenders are caught by cameras just as they are caught while not-respecting a red light at other traffic... more »

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4 votes
(@swwilson311)

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changing the green light

I suggest you.add a flashing light inside with the green light that will flash two seconds before the green light changes to yellow. This will help especially truck drivers by telling them that the light is about to change to yellow. I drive a truck and when loaded I have a hard time trying to stop on the time allowed on the yellow light.The two extra seconds could be the difference in me running a red light.

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1 vote
(@mxman467)

Your comments on our Open Government Plan

Making Traffic Lights More Efficient

II would like you to consider upgrades in traffic control. To keep this short I would like to do some quick math. I car uses approximately 1 ounce of gasoline idling for one minute. Traffic lights typically cycle in 30 second to 1 minute cycles. If we saved just 1 ounce of gasoline at only 1000 traffic lights per hour per state (51 counting DC) the math goes like this: (1ounce)X(1000lights)X(24hours)X(365days)X(51states)divided... more »

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1 vote
(@sragsdale)

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Commercial and Commuter Rail Safety

Provide forms in which riders can issue safety complaints. After yet another terrible morning commute on MARC, I took a stab in the dark and contacted the FTA - I actually recieved a response from them referring me to the Federal Railroad Administration. I have looked at their site and there is no place to register a safety complaint - on a Title VI complaint. Personally, I consider my right to continuing living as... more »

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(@dkroberts56)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Competition to Improve Construction

In the past, the federal government has had industrial competitions to improve energy efficiency (refrigerators, for example). How about similar competitions to improve our infrastructure technology. For example, we still repave roads with asphalt, which deteriorates pretty rapidly, especially when subjected to freeze/thaw cycles in the Northeast. This technology has not changed in generations! Can't we improve the... more »

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2 votes

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

Smart Roads / Electricity Generation

I suggest you look at a promising new technology from a company in Israel called "Innowattech" They have recently been awarded a multi million dollar contract in Italy to install a system into a highway that converts mechanical energy into electricity. The system uses what is called "Piezo Electric Generators" that are placed under the surface of the road way. The generators converts the motion of passing vehicles into... more »

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2 votes
(@murraybodin)

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FHWA MUTCD as an E-Book

With E-Book readers becoming so popular this holiday season, it may be time to issue various government manuals and other items as E-Books. E-Books are easier to download. They can be searched more easily the PDF files. And they can be made quite secure. Publishers have made their copy-write books secure.

 

I am particularly interested in having the FHWA MUTCD made available as an E-Book.

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4 votes
(@davidhopkins)

New Ways of Doing Business, New Tools...

alternatives for suburban commuters

In these difficult economic times it is exceedingly important for the public to save and be watchful of where we spend. For several years now, I've ridden the commuter bus into the Capitol for work, rather than drive. With so many new riders the commuter bus lines are full to the point of bursting. Something really needs to be done to increase the lines and offer alternatives to driving. Some days I do ride in either... more »

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5 votes

Working Together: Governments, Businesses, Non-Profits...

2011 Job Creation Incentive: ONLY Tax $250k+ with X employees

2011 Job Creation Incentive: Only Tax individuals / business owners earning over $250k who have less than X "employee credits" Situation: Opposing views re expiring taxes for $250k+ earners do not appear to be focused on job creation, but rather on politics. President Obama's 2011 proposed tax increase for $250k+ earners may significantly reduce deficit. Republicans appear concerned that further job loss, may be an... more »

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Keep Professional Racing on the "professional" Tracks

Please keep professional race cars on the tracks that they were designed for. Our kids are without public drivers ed oinmost juruisdictions and the racing companies are enticing our kids with their promotions:Open Letter To Indy Racing Experience posted Nov 30, 2010 7:06 AM by clbr@palfreystreet.com To jsmith and “Indy racing Experience” We, as parents who have lost children from the sad realities of illegal street... more »

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