2013-10-16: California's electronic toll brand FasTrak has its 20th birthday October 16. The first FasTrak tolls were taken mid-morning October 16, 1993 at the mainline Portola Parkway South plaza on the first short 3.2 miles of the 241 Foothill/Eastern Toll Road in Orange County south of Los Angeles. Also on off-ramps near Irvine and Lake Forest that began electronic toll collection at the same time, around 10am the same day.
A beautiful and moving remembrance and Apple ad on the first anniversary of Steve Jobs' death:
The joyful pride in creation, the love of functionality packaged with cleanlined beauty, marketing at first to a discerning few but in time to the masses, and worldwide, from humble quarters in a single garage to gleaming palaces all over.
Hit the home page of the Pennsylvania Turnpike website this week - http://www.paturnpike.com/ - and you get a jolly "Pennsylvania Turnpike " song from the late 1970s by country music composer and singer (George) Vaughn Horton (1911-1988). It's a nicely done 70th birthday feature.
Accompanied by proper engine accelerating roars and toots, the words of the Horton song go:
The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel opened for traffic 50 years ago on Nov 29 and the event was hailed up adn down the east coast as the "Baltimore bottleneck unplugged." Motorists traveling from Philadelphia or New York to the national capital would no longer have to endure dozens of traffic signals on US1/US40 through the city - 51 by one count.
A journey of 45 minutes to an hour through the city was reduced to 20 minutes.