Texas pre-research tips

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#131 Post by Jbte » 05 Sep 2019 04:18

Some pictures I took of different parts of Texas;
https://photos.app.goo.gl/SC6ikbdTPzzyvDBc6

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#132 Post by Unknown# » 25 Nov 2019 00:48

Settlement sprawl on junctions tend to vary from place to place.

Here's the junction of US 75 and US 380. You can see how dense this junction is, packed to the brim with retail and commerce:

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Here's the junction of US 380 and the Dallas North Tollway. Unlike the junction above, it is heavily rural, with very little development (keep in mind that in Texas, construction is EVERYWHERE, so areas like this tend to change a lot, so what you're seeing here will change a ton in the next few years, as you can quite clearly see):

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#133 Post by Unknown# » 02 Dec 2019 06:03

In regards to time zones: Much of Texas is in Central Time. However, El Paso County and neighboring Hudspeth County are in Mountain Time.

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#134 Post by nerf468 » 07 Dec 2019 20:45

As an Aggie I feel the need to vouch for Bryan/College Station. A few other posters have mentioned including Bryan or College Station, which is home to Texas A&M University (one of the largest two or three university campuses by enrollment in the US over the last few years). The two cities aren't huge in industry to my knowledge, but are relatively populous at ~200k people combined. I could see it even working well as just a scenery location. With several landmarks including Kyle Field:

http://www.enterpriseprecast.com/images ... 94_MAS.jpg

And the Welcome to Aggieland Water Tower:

https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnew ... .image.jpg

Additionally, from a gameplay point of view I feel including the portion of Highway 6 that runs from 290 to I35 helps improve the connectivity of the Texas Triangle Region.

On a bit of a different note oil and gas, and chemicals are two very large industries in the Houston area. Several regions in the Houston area that would see a lot of this type of industry include Texas City, Baytown, Channelview and the Houston Ship Channel. These would probably just all go into the game as being part of Houston. Additionally, Beaumont and Port Arthur are a ways east of Houston near the Louisiana border and also have a heavy amount of Oil and Gas industry. A lot of the big name oil and gas companies have refineries in these areas of Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur, including ExxonMobil, BP, Marathon and Valero.

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#135 Post by Jbte » 28 Dec 2019 08:24

Texas border with Mexico research and Interstate 10, US 90, US 277, US 83, Interstate 2 research, research area;
https://goo.gl/maps/ypZD2j56XV3o1ctd6
The border with Mexico it's an important commercial area where many goods are traveling between both nations, the major port of entry is El Paso, Laredo, and McAllen.

El Paso, TX
international truck crossing;
This is a major truck logistics and industrial area which I consider should be given a major space for recreating the area, consist of logistics warehouses.;
https://goo.gl/maps/XdMuhirSBQpAn7wk6
Consider recreating the border bridge area for future extensions into Mexico.

Major Junctions areas to be considered in El Paso;
Truckstop over I-10 and some warehouses;
https://goo.gl/maps/vudAdpF6cNLruthE9
I-10 and 375;
https://goo.gl/maps/kxPMonNEYDTbAyDF8
I-10 and US 62 El Paisano Drive
https://goo.gl/maps/77nA7xz95q57pCw87
I-10 and US 54 (El Paso biggest interchange), this is the main junction that communicates El Paso with Juarez, Mexico.
https://goo.gl/maps/2quQEM4jH3mFnmxS7
I-10 sunken section at downtown area;
https://goo.gl/maps/SypwhbSpyqFwmL33A
I-10 and Mexico border, you can see Juarez nearby here, this area is scenic;
https://goo.gl/maps/c76n8o6t8GorrMMT8
Make a fake diamond junction that connects I-10 with 375 and 178 (due to scale problem), consider this area as "West EL Paso" it's a major commercial community, you can see industrial warehouses there
https://goo.gl/maps/21ibxBeFyye7YkLz6
US 54 and 375 north of El Paso
https://goo.gl/maps/nsJaHS3S4GrRXJACA

Interstate 10;
Border patrol checkpoint over I-10, use same assets from New Mexico border patrol checkpoint.
https://goo.gl/maps/DGZckeEaeYCkFVa76
US 90 and I-10 junction in Van Horn, TX (I guess Van Horn should be a functional town);
https://goo.gl/maps/jYccHK3UDmtGUMGE9
Note Pilot Travel Center truck stop in the area.

US 90;
Between I-10 and US-67 the highway runs straight flat wint some minor elevation changes in long valley, consider Mt Livermore in the scenery across this area
Marfa, US 90 and US 67 street crossing, this town should be only eyecandy (not functional)
https://goo.gl/maps/bCX25wg582tTVkzq8
US67;
Consider this mountain pass area in Shafter, with some passing lanes and elevation changes;
https://goo.gl/maps/7TpSrPeF2Q7hiad46


Presidio, TX
Presidio should be a small functional town perhaps with a small grocery store here (walbert or something);
https://goo.gl/maps/Njqg7zkReJyHgsYJA
And a junkyard (metal scrap) probably along US 67 here;
https://goo.gl/maps/ozF6qbAsr5tkserE6
Manufactured homes here;
https://goo.gl/maps/cy1rJpHAntUyW8sw7
This town will help in a future to communicate with Mexico Road 16 to Chihuahua which is a major alternate route between Mexico and US.

Side note, if you want to recreate Big Bend National Park, there's a really beautiful scenic drive next to Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) to Lajitas, another two routes goes back north to Marathon or Alpine.

US 90 and US 67;
Consider this hilly route and mountain in this area with some elevation changes;
https://goo.gl/maps/FQHtyHRjNB9qdDVU9
This junction should be considered in Alpie, since it might be an important route down to Big Bend (if its made route 118), this town should be only Eyecandy (not functional);
https://goo.gl/maps/YEKbzvSkysthpqVr5
and to north;
https://goo.gl/maps/qabHSArHKEk1ophi6
US 95 and US 67 split junction and rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/Bd2EW8mCqz1Ni7VJ9
Big Bend US 385 and US90 junction in Marathon (eyecandy town)
https://goo.gl/maps/Z5BaGLjW8g4LNhp27
US 385 to Fort Stockton junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/3EFUfKnBoDACLUjEA

In case of if Big Bend National Park is considered;
There are no services or major towns to deliver, just a small gas station in Panther Junction here;
https://goo.gl/maps/fMgFyabRG3QiqLUJA
Which occasionally a tanker service this gas station.
-There no border crossing to Mexico
-An interesting route can be made from here to Lajitas then to Presidio as explained, which borders Rio Grande.

US 90 east from Marathon is all desert and sparsed, not really much to see than the junctions of US 285 and route 349 in Dryden.
Pecos River crossing and rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/NwGo5wvBp1bxYRQq8
US border checkpoint;
https://goo.gl/maps/hBMemrygxMxjZq49A
Amistad reservoir long bridge crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/2ea9wE9jhQP1aNMq9

Del Rio, TX
An important city destination for delivery.
US-90 and 349 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/VHYr1aZJnHoooPPq9
This junction its an important border crossing to Mexico Hw 2 and crosses exactly over the Amistad Dam.
US 377 and US 90 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/QsfZRJrmDxMuyqP97
Logistic truck warehouses near the border;
https://goo.gl/maps/JKkfxK5u4RaTfSQs8
Major commercial area;
https://goo.gl/maps/G8TaK252vFrUqmLSA
Major city junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/pAqt8xtSueJJ438L7
US 90 and US 377, US 277 split junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/Yjx1w54UcofYpBx58
City avenue and US 277 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/FNmhWg8zyUBQTdys5

US 277
It's really a flat drive, with low range brushes/acacias
Sycamore creek river crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/7WZYb2aNJWvVXcZZ6
Some farms and ranches near Quemado;
https://goo.gl/maps/Ubtbsd91K5J9R9TcA
Which could be considered as a farm delivery point under Del Rio or Eagle Pass town

Eagle Pass, TX
Major commercial area;
https://goo.gl/maps/MDEZXW6k7eXgUdZj8
Major street crossing to Mexico (both bridges)
https://goo.gl/maps/Q2K1pTfSok1esMyY6
Logistic warehouses and industrial area;
https://goo.gl/maps/DvY47sXzvKKDRovH7
Road 480 should be done to access the warehouses, it goes under the bridge and to the main street crossing posted above.
Truckstop area and US 277 and US 57 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/rae2iNz1A67PgGyj7

Note, US route 57 to San Antonio should be considered into the game, it's an important North America transport route that goes from Mexico City with the same route number (Mexico Federal highway 57)

US 277;
This route has lots of oil industry, fracking, and pumps.
Major fracking sites area;
https://goo.gl/maps/vHYopubn5EM4ViTk6
Curve to consider;
https://goo.gl/maps/UyoDm54twF5Fcrmr7
Carrizo Springs (eyecandy town), major two nearby junctions of US 277 and US 83;
https://goo.gl/maps/PrcL84x8X6Yxdnhv6

US 83;
This is an oil, industrial route, lots of pumps and fracking sites, those can be under "Laredo";
Construction warehouses;
https://goo.gl/maps/mTYM9JvCJN9LEdKv9
Tanker company;
https://goo.gl/maps/sQD7QxAGcTcpdbCy9
Oil storage company; (you can even see a New Mexico shelter prop there, used for the border inspection)
https://goo.gl/maps/2eCvJdef68TNQqey5
Major curve to consider, and nearby fracking site area;
https://goo.gl/maps/WkLgfuQFToz1zvoz5
Border patrol inspection;
https://goo.gl/maps/Q4pNhaxts3UYZ22UA
US 83 and route 255 crossing to consider;
https://goo.gl/maps/KgPvQp4PmPyEvtYp6

Laredo, TX;
It's the main port of entry of goods between Mexico and the United States, a major destination for truckers in the North America continent, one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas.

Truck logistic area 1 (Colombia Solidarity bridge and Las Mineas industrial park);
https://goo.gl/maps/Aa9R7VmyXt3o2v7j7
This area is somewhat new and is widely used by truckers entering the US.

Truck logistic area 2 (bridge III, Laredo distribution center);
https://goo.gl/maps/sAFJeLqkmmM9e4UY8
https://goo.gl/maps/nDvJa2mmikeUdXrF8
This is the main distribution center, in image you can crearly see many industrial warehouses.

Major interchange in the city, I-35, I-69W and US 83;
https://goo.gl/maps/6aDzEL6NdWptgwQi9
Major commercial area in Laredo;
https://goo.gl/maps/bUc3JKFTr2psU5J98
I-35 ending, US 83 split;
https://goo.gl/maps/oem66a2bkcosR2vg6
Major commercial and industrial area in Loop 20;
https://goo.gl/maps/UV3r88nv3HYHbXVH8
Diamond Junction Loop 20 and US 59;
https://goo.gl/maps/B7XfP5LHogDsAa2w5
Junction US 83, 359, south side of the city;
https://goo.gl/maps/xoJ6uMrC2Rp3G7AG7

US 83;
Rest or picnic area next to Rio Grande/Rio Bravo;
https://goo.gl/maps/y1C39Nzzf1rGxSTS6
Perhaps some cattle ranches under "Laredo" here;
https://goo.gl/maps/UbQRKDkjb1XiKz8M6
Arroyo Dolores, river crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/mNoAjjbLRyBwmSUx9
San Ignacio town gas station;
https://goo.gl/maps/gfkMHb6jPzymGX11A
Las Palmas Oil services;
https://goo.gl/maps/EJMA5s1pRzfXNVRt8
Zapata city main junction and route 16;
https://goo.gl/maps/t6wUsAvM3WzB4yYs9
Falcon Lake bridge crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/ZAhp3dRSJZqX8BCg9
Falcon Lake dam road crossing (Mexico border);
https://goo.gl/maps/jJzzmKtJBmEPCs6x9
Roma, Tx (as eyecandy town), main crossing to Mexico border to Mexico federal highway 54 and 2;
https://goo.gl/maps/3JazJGZBmm7TrRp7A

McAllen, TX
Major junction over interstate 2 and Mexico border (nearby industrial zone);
https://goo.gl/maps/oSsCoakq67a3yd8h6
Industrial park and warehouses;
https://goo.gl/maps/eHijfRYBEG4qXdd59
Second major jucntion over interstate 2 and mexico border (nearby industrial zone);
https://goo.gl/maps/3Z6YhEKx7BC3RQn69
McAllen main industrial zone, warehouses;
https://goo.gl/maps/TtxSpH4kpKddL9Us8
McAllen major interchange, I-2, US 281 and US 83 (and major access to Mexico);
https://goo.gl/maps/L8cgFkmZVNQVebqC7
Third industrial area (warehouses, logictic);
https://goo.gl/maps/7r2Wu3aR4hZPJU2B6

I-2, almost all the way between McAllen and Brownsville feels urban, with many commerces and industries, for example;
Texas-style interstate whit stores, industries, warehouses
https://goo.gl/maps/TegEex92tCzJKaMs5
https://goo.gl/maps/Z7EPfdAZNqBykrcx8
3-3 lane freeway
Major junction I-69 E and I-2 in Harlingen (make it as eyecandy town);
https://goo.gl/maps/aA1SVXHnMrMHgwoKA
Major junction north of Brownsville, I-2 and I-169;
https://goo.gl/maps/8bGCnqnzPRNzDADt7

Brownsville, TX
Major commercial areas along with interstate 2;
https://goo.gl/maps/koQhLszpv5BVQJij6
Major diamond junction to downtown Brownsville (to Mexico) and route 4 to Port Isabel.
End of I-2 and main port of entry to Mexico, industrial area, logistic warehouse;
https://goo.gl/maps/D5QxjMvDqiKRrsW18
Diamond junction route 48 and 550;
https://goo.gl/maps/i7bwMaBkioXR9NVf7
Major industrial oil ports (Brownsville Ship Harbor);
https://goo.gl/maps/pKXgd243cNzRnW4H8

Port Isabel and South Padre;
Not really a functional town but can be under "Brownsville"
Construction site of a hotel highrise (front beach resort) to justify this area;
https://goo.gl/maps/soHx4tTWjEdaSSRs5
Queen Isabella Causeway;
https://goo.gl/maps/qhy2JjWyQZv2uMSz6

Hope this information helps if anything else let me know.
All these suggestions should be considered for future expansion into Mexico, which I'm willing to help SCS to develop, or maybe all these areas I pinned in south Texas.

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#136 Post by Jbte » 30 Dec 2019 20:20

Interstate 10, El Paso-San Antonio in-game scale areas that should be considered (from west to east)

El Paso area (most of here already posted above)
-Make a fake diamond junction that connects I-10 with 375 and 178 (due to scale problem), consider this area as "West EL Paso" it's a major commercial community, you can see industrial warehouses there;
https://goo.gl/maps/21ibxBeFyye7YkLz6
-Mexico border, you can see Juarez nearby here, this area is scenic;
https://goo.gl/maps/c76n8o6t8GorrMMT8
There's a newly built double-decker highway which is seen from Mexico and I-10;
https://goo.gl/maps/N6bGHT8g1eSo5b2z6
This can be accessible to the industrial area in Ysleta (Cesar E Chavez Border Hwy) 385
I-10 sunken section at El Paso downtown area;
https://goo.gl/maps/SypwhbSpyqFwmL33A
I-10 and US 54 (El Paso biggest interchange), this is the main junction that communicates El Paso with Juarez, Mexico.
https://goo.gl/maps/2quQEM4jH3mFnmxS7
I-10 and US 62 El Paisano Drive
https://goo.gl/maps/77nA7xz95q57pCw87
I-10 and 375;
https://goo.gl/maps/kxPMonNEYDTbAyDF8
Truckstop over I-10 and some warehouses;
https://goo.gl/maps/vudAdpF6cNLruthE9

El Paso-Van Horn (make it a functional town);;
Sierra Blanca mountain pass;
https://goo.gl/maps/hEmJaDeHpQEafLyr9
Consider including 3 curves, consider the small mountain pass of 150 meters difference first climbing up then downhill, in-game scale would be 40-50 meters up and down. Notice there are 3 lanes going uphill in this zone (also consider the rest area nearby);
https://goo.gl/maps/pBfp5T5a62wzSE849
Border patrol checkpoint over I-10, uses the same assets from New Mexico border patrol checkpoint.
https://goo.gl/maps/DGZckeEaeYCkFVa76
(skip Sierra Blanca town due to scale)
US 90 and I-10 junction in Van Horn, TX (I guess Van Horn should be a functional town);
https://goo.gl/maps/jYccHK3UDmtGUMGE9
Note Pilot Travel Center truck stop in the area.

Van Horn-Interstate 20 junction
The most interesting spot it's right before the I-20 junction a series of long curves, mountain views and small canyons.
https://goo.gl/maps/rMRR36hwtYk5yaaS8
Consider the Ft Davis mountain in the horizon, as an example in this picture;
https://goo.gl/maps/Ar5NCXFbov7kaa379
And some layered rock-cut;
https://goo.gl/maps/Ar5NCXFbov7kaa379
This small rural junction can be useful for the gas station, a rest area and probably a dirt road to a functioning ranch to deliver (under Van Horn town);
https://goo.gl/maps/JoP8MRdYBhQR6e1h9
I-20 junction and rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/kMvLhvK9xU8GpvzY9

Interstate 20 junction to Fort Stockton
Most of this area is straight flat, so most of the space should be reserved for the section above in the I-20 junction.
Truck stop in Saragosa;
https://goo.gl/maps/YruPeJV7zsxpfRAWA
Pecos county West Rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/hsCRfbop1LCut3rC8
I-10 and US 67 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/ZfgT1GjucmC2iGKA8

Fort Stockton (make it a functional town);
US 285 and I-10 commercial zone:
https://goo.gl/maps/WsXQ4iSft7Vwf3dt9
Truck stop-rest area and gas station;
https://goo.gl/maps/soiKs5jCkwNgEQrbA
Oil supply and pump;
https://goo.gl/maps/pXNUfrAscUGY34kx5
Old farm plant/silo;
https://goo.gl/maps/zwN3ABwgsonQnAcQ9
Sand works or mine;
https://goo.gl/maps/kz9aG2x614kYRScf9
For Stockton main junction, roadrunner bird, sign entrance, diagonal rail crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/MTb94FyfYL5iXk2v6

Fort Stockton-Ozona;
Leaving fort Stockton the landscape goes a bit hilly with some minor elevation changes (mostly going downhill to sea level), some big mountain cuts.
Squawteat peak, some mesas with windmills above and a rural junction/gas station;
https://goo.gl/maps/caKPDE19DujtZmyF6
Pecos county East Rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/xzrEfYnjiPn7cHYZ6
Some hilly area with some mountain cuts
https://goo.gl/maps/z95ADTyXzxkHsmnQA
https://goo.gl/maps/JsSpUF7295LkBxFbA
In this area I-10 east and west bound lanes splits in a small mountain pass area;
https://goo.gl/maps/KSmGgFPvCCXVGFN58
Major mountain cut and pass (scenic)
https://goo.gl/maps/WgS8XvnmZBaP4fqK7
(notice the small cypresses mixed with mesquite in the area)
Another impressive quarry rock-cut;
https://goo.gl/maps/vnZrZVkbowUuZoYf8
Parking area eastbound;
https://goo.gl/maps/oZEPimtyE7GtjqLv8
Ozona Tx, just a single long diamond with a gas station and some hotels nearby (not a functional town in game)
https://goo.gl/maps/oAiWoGpJSwvBQabt7
Truckstop rural interchange;
https://goo.gl/maps/hsuGuU9d5DoCLcJi9

Ozona-Sonora;
Mostly grasslands hilly straight interstate
Rural interchange which I believe should be included into the game, we got scenic hills, mountain cuts and access to oil pumps;
https://goo.gl/maps/F1qEXVyiDy4z13tz7
Sonora rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/jdo2Uf1cNaWzXpyN6
Caverns of Sonora Ad (you see these for long advertising over I-10 in this stretch)
https://goo.gl/maps/8wEK3gX8DA9Sq7pY9
Sonora junction, you see and landing strip, gas station and some commerces.
https://goo.gl/maps/aYDihMi6r3zXqemJ6

Sonora-Junction
Some small rock cut, big oak trees and mesquites;
https://goo.gl/maps/dtAsW8cMY9frMd3f6
Llano river crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/6tbdD5whG5LX5MmM6
Curve and mountain cut, this area is nearby the river and farms (there could be made an access road to a functional farm or ranch) for cattle under Junction town;
https://goo.gl/maps/2xWGe7frDHX7Cycw8

Junction Tx (make it a functional town);
US 377 and I-10 junction (take a look to the truck stop area nearby south side);
https://goo.gl/maps/cx56JMJzmz3mmx3C8
Junction main street crossing and church;
https://goo.gl/maps/FidXdYP9KMwW6a9o9
Lake Junction steel bridge;
https://goo.gl/maps/5yfzSeUskK6qDmiD9
Insterstate 10 river crossing in Junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/UgY5fJjQ9qq28EXn8
Junction Tx, nearby farms;
https://goo.gl/maps/988tp8uxYYeC4hEc9
Junction Tx Oil plant;
https://goo.gl/maps/zL9NhTxaGzUVrESYA
Interstate 10 rest area near Junction (road cliffs scenic);
https://goo.gl/maps/m2YEEE3263PbDVBV8

Junction-Kerrville
A hilly area with lots of mesquites, some cypresses and oaks
Picnic area and curve;
https://goo.gl/maps/sP2ZsVtRNMoFt2Dg6
Big mountain cut area and Buckhorn lake resort;
https://goo.gl/maps/kMrE6sYFLEX6yjZT9
Scenic overlook or Kerrville (not that scenic but still)
https://goo.gl/maps/CLKqfLwygaGuohdA8

Kerrville (not sure if functional because it's close to San Antonio and Junction) notice all over this area is cypresses forest.
Main Junction to Kerrville;
https://goo.gl/maps/nfgXYLgezu3L7Z5f9
Some mountain cut/hill next to interstate;
https://goo.gl/maps/DmkaPbWGGs21cEhF8
Kerrville rest area;
https://goo.gl/maps/xC3ETTMAJR98wHGd9

Little Joshua Creek;
https://goo.gl/maps/FLtDbvAiLnxizQWa6

San Antonio area;
Begin of the urban area, change of light post poles and highway division to rural median;
https://goo.gl/maps/jSbttBvq7cN2ryCr6
This area is under "eternal" construction of a highway widening project, so it would be cool if a construction area here could be recreated in game and make it functional to delivers, example;
https://goo.gl/maps/NryyCkKkLD3Vpkyn7
https://goo.gl/maps/AGWqUf7gfKRtguBdA
Start of the 3 lanes eastbound and end of construction zone;
https://goo.gl/maps/2kgdeihVy93E8RzH7
End of the 3 lanes westbound and beginning of the construction area;
https://goo.gl/maps/4qVH4uqDCLBEhH989
Interstate 10 and FM1604 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/yGafzbFgkue8XxfM6
FM1604 its an outer loop of San Antonio, I wouldn't suggest to include it on the game, so if not omit the junction above.
Huebner Rd, curve and commercial area;
https://goo.gl/maps/AJ7DdfvYurGx39iMA
Interstate 10 and Interstate 410 junction;
https://goo.gl/maps/AJ7DdfvYurGx39iMA
Interstate 410 is strictly used for trucks, so no truck allowed to downtown in RL, most truckers must take it, so I believe this interstate is essential in the game.
Double-decker highway and junction (interstate 35 and interstate 10), no trucks allowed;
https://goo.gl/maps/UbpLeeVWTNHNC6KD7

Stuff that should make into the game in San Antonio;
Union pacific railyard;
https://goo.gl/maps/BGsQFC5gTDLQa5hy9
Airport and industrial zone here around I-410;
https://goo.gl/maps/cTLeStvUBpEJy22n9
The downtown area, towers of the Americas seen from all in the city from I-35, I-10, and I-37;
https://www.radionotas.com/wp-content/u ... 96x339.jpg
Alamodome next to Interstate 37;
https://goo.gl/maps/bfixk6V9iGMre4Yi6
Double-decker highway I-35 and I-10;
https://goo.gl/maps/3A8uvs9Pgi28j7Cp8
Interstate 35 San Antonio river crossing;
https://goo.gl/maps/4S7wVaA6b4EC3gKy6

Hope this helps.

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#137 Post by EthanE40 » 18 Jan 2020 23:49

nerf468 wrote:
07 Dec 2019 20:45
As an Aggie I feel the need to vouch for Bryan/College Station. A few other posters have mentioned including Bryan or College Station, which is home to Texas A&M University (one of the largest two or three university campuses by enrollment in the US over the last few years). The two cities aren't huge in industry to my knowledge, but are relatively populous at ~200k people combined. I could see it even working well as just a scenery location. With several landmarks including Kyle Field:

http://www.enterpriseprecast.com/images ... 94_MAS.jpg

And the Welcome to Aggieland Water Tower:

https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnew ... .image.jpg

Additionally, from a gameplay point of view I feel including the portion of Highway 6 that runs from 290 to I35 helps improve the connectivity of the Texas Triangle Region.

On a bit of a different note oil and gas, and chemicals are two very large industries in the Houston area. Several regions in the Houston area that would see a lot of this type of industry include Texas City, Baytown, Channelview and the Houston Ship Channel. These would probably just all go into the game as being part of Houston. Additionally, Beaumont and Port Arthur are a ways east of Houston near the Louisiana border and also have a heavy amount of Oil and Gas industry. A lot of the big name oil and gas companies have refineries in these areas of Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur, including ExxonMobil, BP, Marathon and Valero.
I'd have to disagree with you on the B/CS area. I think the area is big enough for it to be featured. In terms of industry, I could see a lot of it having to do with agriculture and retail.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.6911157 ... 312!8i6656
Here's an animal feed plant in Bryan, also with a truck pulling into it.

https://www.google.com/maps/@30.707913, ... a=!3m1!1e3
And here's a cluster of industries just outside of Bryan near Highway 6.

I'd expect College Station to be lumped into Bryan, or just having CS be scenic (along with featuring some A&M landmarks) and Bryan being a mapped city with some industries. One thing I don't expect in Bryan though is a truck headquarters.

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#138 Post by flight50 » 19 Jan 2020 02:06

I have to agree with Ethan on Bryan and College Station. I think it’s a scenic town so landmarks is about all it needs. I don’t expect much out of either. Either one can really absorb the other. At the same time, neither have to be in the game. Only if SCS gives a connection between Houston and Waco would we see either. Same with Brennan. If no connect between Houston and Austin. If US-290 doesn’t exist ,neither will TX-6.

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Re: Texas pre-research tips

#139 Post by EthanE40 » 19 Jan 2020 18:43

So far I haven't seen the Sherman/Denison area discussed. This is a fairly large area (pop. 120k) on US 75 about an hour north of Dallas. I don't see it necessary for Denison to be featured as a mapped city, but Sherman should since that's the main city in the area.

In terms of industry, there's not as much as the big cities like DFW or Houston, but a fairly decent amount similar to Bryan or even some of the smaller towns in the existing DLCs. There is plenty of retail in the area, so it'd be appropriate to have a Wallbert and car dealership in here. There's also a few grain silos in downtown Sherman, including these: https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6362271 ... 384!8i8192

And here's a big commercial area off US 75. I'd imagine this is where the Wallbert could go, but the rest could be used for scenery.
https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6771716 ... a=!3m1!1e3

Like Bryan, I don't see this area having a truck headquarters, but I think this area is a good fit as it's a decent sized city between Dallas and Tulsa (kinda like McAlester and Muskogee in Oklahoma).

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#140 Post by flight50 » 20 Jan 2020 13:09

Sherman /Dension I'd image doesn't make the Texas map. I think they come with Oklahoma. The furthest we should get in Texas is Denton because of Peterbilt. Now if we get US-82 in the game with Texas, Sherman gets in I bet. I-30 to to Wichita Falls would be a nice short cut to add. With all the roads that Texas could have, the devs could roll that 82 to the Oklahoma dlc. I'd rather it come with Texas though considering there will be a premium price tag for it.

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