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  • French Rage
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post

    That's amazing. A ton of my driving lately has been in the 100-150 mile round trip range with no chance for a charge in between so my efficiency hasn't been stellar. But with my new job starting in April, "driving to work", when it happens, will be a 5 mile round trip instead of 100+.


    But even with these longer drives, if my battery is full at start, I'm averaging ~40 mpg on 100+ mile round trips. In an SUV with a turbo that weighs a whole lot.
    Yeah it's definitely helped I've been driving primarily between two places about 20 miles apart, and one has a fast charger. I wouldn't pretend any other normal random itinerary would be quite that good. But being able to knock off 25 miles or so of gas sure doesn't hurt!

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  • aparch
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's directly Whitmer's fault. Her hands are tied, to an extent. ...
    Part of that goes back on these agencies and how they can get funding. A large scale rebuild/reconstruction could take a decade to go from paper to shovel. Especially if the priority level is low or funding sources can't be secured right away.

    That's why in 2009 during the Obama TIGER recovery effort a lot of those projects were "shovel ready."

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  • Swansong
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    Originally posted by French Rage View Post

    Got 5100 miles on my last tank.
    That's amazing. A ton of my driving lately has been in the 100-150 mile round trip range with no chance for a charge in between so my efficiency hasn't been stellar. But with my new job starting in April, "driving to work", when it happens, will be a 5 mile round trip instead of 100+.


    But even with these longer drives, if my battery is full at start, I'm averaging ~40 mpg on 100+ mile round trips. In an SUV with a turbo that weighs a whole lot.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    While I'm not sure on the timeline, part of that may have had to do with the prior state administration or because of the federal funding / matching funds.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's directly Whitmer's fault. Her hands are tied, to an extent. That stretch of I-75 was past EOL and needed a total concrete chew-and-replace anyway, plus they mitigated the big curve at 9 Mile so it's no longer as sharp/dangerous. It's just annoying not to have equivalent expenditures on methods to reduce freeway traffic and improve regional transit options. Like you said, the Ann Arbor-to-Detroit corridor along I-94, including a stop at DTW, makes the most sense for any light rail efforts to begin.

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  • aparch
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Michigan had an opportunity to spend over a billion dollars on transportation a few years back, and used it to add a HOV lane to I-75 in the Detroit suburbs, instead of investing it in light rail and/or busses. As long as the auto industry is here, it'll be ever thus.
    While I'm not sure on the timeline, part of that may have had to do with the prior state administration or because of the federal funding / matching funds.


    I do agree that more public transportation investment is needed. An expansion/change to the People Mover would be nice now that the main draw to using it is closed and demolished. It doesn't connect to any points of interest other than Greektown.

    In a SimCity/Skylines world, the People Mover would link up the Pizza Box, CoPa, Ford Field, Greektown, (existing downtown stops), then swing out to MGM, up to Midtown, and back down the Cass Corridor to LCA. And it would have multiple train cars so you're only waiting a couple minutes.


    I'm honestly impressed with the push back MDOT got for the proposed widening of I-94 and M-14. They're absolutely right that light rail from Ann Arbor into the City is needed. Ann Arbor, Ypsi, Willow Run Airport, Detroit Metro, and then express into a metro station somewhere around the Ambo Bridge / JLA that links up to the People Mover?

    Fly in. Catch a football game or games, or hockey game, eat in Greektown, and fly out without needing to rent a car?

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  • Slap Shot
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    Originally posted by Handyman View Post

    That is never going to happen...you are right it should but it won't.

    And Culver's sucks. Yeah I said it. SUCKS!
    I don't think it sucks but it's definitely wickedly over rated. Same thing with Lion's Tap.

    Give me MyBurger, their sri racha mayo and seasoned fries any day over any others such as Smash and 5 Guys.

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  • RaceBoarder
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    Culver's is a nice "Top Tier" quick serve burger chain for me. Definitely a regular stop when I'm on the road, but as mentioned, it is a bigger time commitment than a McD's/BK/Wendy's. Also probably 20% more in cost.

    Overall I do think they are significantly cleaner than those other chains as well...

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Originally posted by cF[Authentic] View Post
    The country should be more focused on affordable and consistent public transport rather than more car culture.
    Should be, but never will be in most parts of the country. Michigan had an opportunity to spend over a billion dollars on transportation a few years back, and used it to add a HOV lane to I-75 in the Detroit suburbs, instead of investing it in light rail and/or busses. As long as the auto industry is here, it'll be ever thus.

    Get on the snake, with a swarm of motor flies
    Get on the snake, under the cola-colored sky
    No don't worry, everything's clean
    Road-worthy, hungry, and mean
    Last edited by FadeToBlack&Gold; 02-28-2024, 01:57 PM.

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  • Handyman
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    Originally posted by cF[Authentic] View Post

    The country should be more focused on affordable and consistent public transport rather than more car culture.
    That is never going to happen...you are right it should but it won't.

    And Culver's sucks. Yeah I said it. SUCKS!

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  • cF[Authentic]
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    Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post

    Considering what is required to make batteries for EVs, from what I've read the country should be more focused on moving to hybrids rather than EVs.
    The country should be more focused on affordable and consistent public transport rather than more car culture.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by Drew S. View Post

    Honest question…why would any of you in the Midwest go to Wendy’s when you have Culver’s?
    Culver’s is plenty good, but their service is slow and more expensive. Wendy’s is better than the McD’s/BK stuff, but not so much as to require the time Culver’s does. And people are in a hurry.

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  • ScoobyDoo
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    Originally posted by Handyman View Post

    While this is very true...the only way to improve on the issues of EVs is to continue to develop them and for that we need to upgrade the grid.
    Updating the grid would be nice but I'm afraid all business is using the Sports Model for major upgrades and improvements. And that Model is, get the customers to pay for it through Government Taxes so they can milk maximum profits off the billing for their product.

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  • TalonsUpPuckDown
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    Despite its concentration in Wisconsin (10% of its restaurants), Culver's is not nearly as prevalent in the Midwest (or the US) as Wendy's. You'll pass roughly 6 Wendy's, 7 Burger King's, and 13 McDonald's before stumbling upon a Culver's.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    I don’t eat any of that ****, no idea

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  • Drew S.
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    Wendy’s now says we alll misunderstood their surge pricing and that they only intended to lower prices at certain times
    Honest question…why would any of you in the Midwest go to Wendy’s when you have Culver’s?

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