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 on: August 17, 2018, 10:22:39 am 
Started by swake - Last post by Townsend
Anyone know if this is still in motion?

 on: August 17, 2018, 10:20:55 am 
Started by patric - Last post by Townsend
They should share their love by adding audio.

 on: August 17, 2018, 10:13:48 am 
Started by sgrizzle - Last post by Townsend
Would you ride a shuttle if it had no driver? Tulsans may soon have that option

They would travel from Gathering Place to Philbrook Museum


City officials are exploring the possibility of operating a driverless shuttle from Gathering Place to Philbrook Museum, with a very important stop in between.

The stop would be near the intersection of 31st Street and Peoria Avenue, providing a transfer point for riders hopping off the new Bus Rapid Transit buses that are scheduled to begin service in the summer of 2019.

The driverless, or “autonomous,” electric shuttle would be the first vehicle of its kind in the state.

A year from now, Tulsa will not only be home to the greatest city park gift in American history, but we will also be one of the first dozen cities in the nation with Bus Rapid Transit service,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “Connecting these two world-class assets presents some exciting opportunities, and we are exploring a range of options, including the potential use of autonomous vehicle shuttles.”

Planning is in the preliminary stages, officials stressed, with public safety and public input to be key considerations in whatever program is implemented — if a program is implemented at all.

“I think we need to engage the neighborhoods, the people in the area, so they are aware of this potential and get their reaction,” said Ted Rieck, general manager of Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority.

The Mayor’s Office last year initiated an Urban Mobility Innovation Team that explored, among other things, the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on the city and what Tulsa should do to prepare for the technology. The driverless shuttle idea grew out of those conversations.

Adriane Jaynes, energy programs coordinator with Indian Nations Council of Governments, said only a handful of companies, including EasyMile and Navya, make autonomous electric vehicles. A shuttle costs approximately $250,000 to $300,000, and fuel costs — to charge the vehicle’s battery — are less than $2 a day.

The city has yet to determine how many shuttles would be needed. Rieck said he expects that transportation funds from the Vision Tulsa sales tax package could be used to pay for the vehicles.

The shuttles would operate within existing car lanes, travel no faster than 20 mph and hold eight to 15 people. There would be no steering wheel, no pedals, and no driver’s seat. Instead, the vehicles rely on a combination of GPS mapping, cameras and LiDAR imaging to direct them.

“There are cameras and sensors all over the outside of this thing as well as on the inside for the safety of passengers,” Jaynes said. “It sees everything. ... They never blink. They never check for texts. They’re a computer. They are always paying attention.”

Still, the plan is to have an attendant on the shuttle for at least the first three to six months of operations to greet customers and explain how the vehicles work.

The exact route is another piece of the puzzle yet to be determined. However, officials do not expect the shuttle to run along Peoria Avenue.

Philbrook Director Scott Stulen called the autonomous shuttle “a promising option” for connecting the museum, park and BRT system.

“We hope this is just the beginning of attractive and widely used public transportation options that greatly relieve parking limitations in midtown and help us serve more people comfortably,” Stulen said.

Autonomous shuttles are being used worldwide. In the United States, they can be found in Arlington, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Arlington just completed a yearlong pilot program called Milo, which used an EasyRide shuttle to move people along trails in the city’s entertainment district.

“We were just using it to connect from remote parking lots up to the (sports) stadiums,” said Ann Foss, principal planner with the city of Arlington. “I think a little circulator loop around a series of different destinations ... is something these vehicles are well-suited for.”

 on: August 17, 2018, 10:06:25 am 
Started by Conan71 - Last post by Townsend
You think they have a cabinet member who is held down so Trump can punch on them?

"I can't have my PARADE!"

 on: August 17, 2018, 10:00:44 am 
Started by perspicuity85 - Last post by patric

Satanic Temple Unveils Baphomet Statue at Arkansas Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds.

With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those in attendance, several speakers called for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument or for state government officials to install Baphomet as well. The Satanic Temple said the Ten Commandments monument violates constitutional freedom of religion rights and that installation of their statue will demonstrate religious tolerance.

 on: August 17, 2018, 08:42:52 am 
Started by Conan71 - Last post by heironymouspasparagus
“whenever Trump crosses a line, it only emboldens people to follow him.”
“He says ‘Nazis are fine people,’ now Nazis throwing block parties in D.C.”

THAT is the more likely scenario.

And with other groups besides the ones mentioned, like handicapped people that Trump so loves to disparage.  How often do we get to enjoy the use of the word 'libtard' around here?   Regularly.

Used as a disparaging insult against Dems, Moderates, real Republicans - anyone else who isn't on the fascist bandwagon.  An insult directly taken from the "R" word of recent fame, specifically intended to cast aspersions that someone is the "lowest of the low" - in the same fashion that they feel mentally and physically handicapped people are also somehow subhuman - not worthy of basic human decency and respect.

This is what these people truly are.

 on: August 16, 2018, 04:51:26 pm 
Started by Conan71 - Last post by patric
“whenever Trump crosses a line, it only emboldens people to follow him.”
“He says ‘Nazis are fine people,’ now Nazis throwing block parties in D.C.”

“Last year they came with torches. This year they come with badges.”

 on: August 16, 2018, 08:52:56 am 
Started by patric - Last post by swake
The World finally figured out this story


 on: August 15, 2018, 09:39:31 pm 
Started by patric - Last post by patric
Reefer Madness --
'Conflict and confusion': Law enforcement addresses panel about medical marijuana concerns


"SQ 788 should have listed qualifying medical conditions because until lawmakers give guidance, law enforcement will likely have to take citizens’ claims about them at face value."

In a nutshell, law enforcement in Oklahoma regards the recognition of voter-approved Medical Marijuana as optional.

TPD Cites Home Growing as Main Medical Marijuana Concern

Tulsa Police have specific concerns about medical marijuana, chief among them home-growing regulations.

Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks said loosely regulated home growing is the biggest contributor to gray- and black-market marijuana.
"What it has allowed is organized crime and drug traffickers to avoid the statutory laws that they already have in place or to circumvent those. It results in the purchasing and renting of houses in neighborhoods and using those homes for grow facilities," Brooks said.
Brooks said in those tight regulations, TPD would like to see medical marijuana home-growing limited to indoors.

When it comes to commercial operations, TPD is looking for limits on who may work in them. Brooks said people with certain felonies should not be allowed in the industry, with those including violent crimes and trafficking convictions.
"In addition to that, any type of gang-related offense that there’s a felony conviction with a gang affiliation of some type," Brooks said.

TPD is also anticipating some problems when medical marijuana dispensaries start operating in the city. Brooks said other cities have seen an increase in crime around dispensaries, such as burglaries and robberies involving the business and its customers.
"What we want is a patient that has a need under doctor’s care, we want them to be able to go and get that, not become a victim of a crime," Brooks said.

TPD also favors some form of prohibition on officers holding patient cards, and Brooks said urban police departments have some different concerns than rural law enforcement agencies when it comes to medical marijuana.


 on: August 14, 2018, 09:32:38 am 
Started by patric - Last post by heironymouspasparagus
There is something similar in BA at the corner of 81st and Main street, across from their PAC.  Smoke shop with a HUGE billboard very low to the ground - bottom edge maybe 10-12 ft from ground.  I could stand on the roof of my pickup and touch the bottom of it.

I make it a point to note the advertisers on stuff like that and when I am in the market for whatever they are selling, call them to let them know I won't consider them, and why.  I know it iwll never make a difference, but it at least lets them know someone is watching and paying attention.

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