Text Stop

Christopher Philippo toff at MAC.COM
Mon Dec 9 16:24:49 UTC 2013

On Dec 9, 2013, at 10:40 AM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> Is Wifi available? That changes the concept from "rest stop".

I’m not sure about Wifi.  Cuomo, for whatever reason, didn’t call them “Text Stops” (though that’s what the signs identify them as) but “Texting Zones”:

"Existing Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and parking areas along the Thruway and Highways will dual-function as Texting Zones, and signage will be placed along the highway to inform drivers where the Zones are located. A total of 298 signs will be located along major highways across the state, notifying motorists to 91 Texting Zone locations.”

One wonders whether NY reopened rest stops that it closed:

"Truckers and the widow of a local trucker are fuming over the state’s plan to close six highway rest areas to save $1 million a year to deal with budget deficits, despite pleas by long-haul drivers that the move will exacerbate unsafe conditions."
Grondahl, Paul. "Rest area closings called atrocious." Albany Times Union. September 28, 2010.

Christopher K. Philippo

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