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Dec. 7th, 2008

06:06 pm - Somebody tell Google Maps about the EZ Tag thing!

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I have discovered a shortcoming in Google Maps's knowledge!

Go to Google Maps, click "Get Directions" (right under the logo at top left), enter these two addresses:

5085 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX
2600 Highway 6 S, Houston, TX

...and then click the "Get directions" button. This will show you a route from the Galleria mall to West Oaks Mall. UNFORTUNATELY... the route it shows will put you on the Westpark Tollway. My friends, this is no ordinary tollway! It is an EZ Tag Only route. There are no booths for accepting cash; you MUST have an EZ Tag to drive on the Westpark Tollway. If you drive on it without one, your license plate will be photographed and you'll receive a ticket in the mail. The purpose of the tollway was to alleviate congestion on Westpark Drive, and the two roads run mostly concurrently. But apparently, Google Maps doesn't know about the EZ Tag Only thing!

(Anyway, see Westheimer Rd., which runs directly between the two points? If you don't have an EZ Tag, that's the best way to go.)

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 8th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's the way to go without getting in trouble.
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From:chaysefox
Date:December 8th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
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Looks like Google Maps is a bit biased for expressways and freeways so it goes that way and then of course the shortest way there.

There's an option for "Show Options" below the address boxes, In there you can hit the "Avoid Tolls" box and it chooses a non-toll route... well, it was biased again towards freeways because the new route is longer than the original route. So if one were to choose "Avoid Highways" Then you could get the route mentioned in the link above.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 8th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
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Then there's the fact that a road that requires drivers to have toll tags (and why would anyone from out of town have one?) is a strange and horrible beast indeed, and the Google think tank can hardly be blamed for failing to postulate its existence.
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From:nefaria
Date:December 8th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
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GoogleMaps would like to thank today's sponsor, EZ Tag! You can't legally get where you want to go without EZ Tag!

(now cough over the cash EZ, we ain't got all day)
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From:yakko
Date:December 8th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh goody! Google Sponsored Routes!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:December 8th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I hope you didn't learn this the hard way.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 8th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Nope. I was just playing around on Google Maps. Google Maps is fun to play around on!
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From:orv
Date:December 8th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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We really need a national standard for these EZ Tag/EZ Pass/Good To Go/etc. things. Right now they're unique to each region. If I bought a Good To Go toll pass here it wouldn't work anywhere else.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 9th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Exactly!
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