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Old 01-25-2012, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Those are cameras they are testing. The light is the flash of the strobe that illuminates your plate.
It did look exactly like camera flashes, not welding as another poster mentioned.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:02 PM
 
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Necessary I'm sure, but still kind of eepy-cray to my sensibilities...
Not necessary at all. The new systems on 121 don't have visible strobes. probably IR.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Not necessary at all. The new systems on 121 don't have visible strobes. probably IR.
Well then, hmmm..... Not likin' that so much.
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:13 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Necessary I'm sure, but still kind of eepy-cray to my sensibilities...
Welcome to Rick Perry's Texas!
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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I happened to be stopped at a red light on the 635 frontage road next to an apparatus that was strobing on the overpass. I thought that was odd, so I shot photos of it. I tried to get photos of actual flashes, but I didn't manage to do it.
Excellent pics. If I remember next week I'll ask LBJx for info on it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:14 AM
 
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Excellent pics. If I remember next week I'll ask LBJx for info on it.
Thanks!
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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Excellent pics. If I remember next week I'll ask LBJx for info on it.
I didn't get anywhere by phone, but got a solid answer via email:

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We are testing the plate readers, laser curtains and other equipment that will be part of the new Express Toll Lanes.

Since it does snap a photo, there are flashes, but no charges levied against your plate or toll tag.

It is not permanent and drivers will not have to pay a toll on what we call general purpose lanes. Rather they will have a choice to take a more predictable trip using those Express Toll Lanes.
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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"no charges levied against your plate or toll tag."

That's good to hear!

"drivers will not have to pay a toll on what we call general purpose lanes."

I was surprised that they stuck a toll road there at all. By Texas law, it is illegal to make a pre-existing non-tolled road into a toll road. 121 gets away with it because of semantics; they built an elevated road that is not 121, though it happens to follow the same route, and left 121 as an untolled frontage road. I guess that's the same approach they are attempting with 635. Admittedly, 635 is long-overdue for upgrades. We've known since the '90s that it could not handle projected capacity. Even so, I really hate how the solution keeps coming down to toll roads. It isn't that I mind paying tolls so much, as the fact that my toll money becomes an excuse to fund all the other pet projects the government can't fund otherwise. I prefer to pay just for the services I use or need.
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