Travel from Troncones to Airport

by ~Matt~, Monday, February 12, 2018, 07:31 (13 days ago)

Hi - what's the best way to travel to the airport from Troncones? Taxi? Hire a driver? Bus?

Any idea what a taxi or driver might charge for that trip?

Also is that a safe trip to make? Heard about the travel advisory after I got down here, but I'm not really sure where the problem spots might be.

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Travel from Troncones to Airport

by Ernesto ⌂ @, Troncones, Monday, February 12, 2018, 08:28 (13 days ago) @ ~Matt~

I use Victor or His son Victor Jr at Costa Brava Rest.
553 2802 Very Reliable and Good Drivers both

Travel from Troncones to Airport

by ~Matt~, Monday, February 12, 2018, 15:16 (12 days ago) @ Ernesto

Ok, thank you for the reference!

Travel from Troncones to Airport

by debio @, Monday, February 12, 2018, 16:27 (12 days ago) @ ~Matt~

From my experience the price is between 800 to 900 pesos...a mexican woman we were with bargained them to 600 pesos...so it's varies..

I don't see any safety concerns...just dont speed on the highway between the two towns as they have a 3 police car speed trap going on.

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Speed traps...

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Monday, February 12, 2018, 18:29 (12 days ago) @ debio
edited by Hunter-MX, Monday, February 12, 2018, 19:01

I am in no way flaming anybody or trying to stir something up. But I am curious. Why is enforcing the law a "speed trap"? The highway between Troncones (actually all the way from the toll road in Feliciano) to Zihua is ripe with accidents and bad drivers. Speeding, passing and worse. About a year ago the Federales de Caminos began patrolling, using radar guns and issuing citations. THEY DO ISSUE REAL CITATIONS! Traffic has slowed and things seem better during the daylight hours they are working.

There are a couple of issues though. The speed limit is POORLY marked at best and not at all in most places. There are major drops in the limits at certain points. Through the Pantla interchange, the Buena Vista interchange, near the bottom of the hill up to Zihua and maybe another one. The speed limit on all open autopistas is 110 KMH. It drops to 60 at the interchange in Pantla, 40 in Buena Vista when there was a sign (there is not now) and I am not sure coming into Z because someone painted out the first number, but I think 80. This is an issue and maybe puts it in the "trap" category.

However, I would say I am thankful overall they are there. I used to average 120 or better on that road and have slowed to 110. I think it is a little safer and I am glad for it. I drive back and forth at least a couple times a week.

I have received my citation for 110 in an 80 zone at the beginning of the new enforcement. The officer was polite, respectful and opted to give me a lesser citation than the 1500 pesos or more it would have cost me. I paid only 400. It was paid through a bank and then delivered to the station. A pain in the ass, but official.

The opposite of this was 2 years or so ago when I was shaken down by a different patrol and know of others who were as well. I think this is not happening along this piece of the road anymore.

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Speed traps...

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, February 12, 2018, 19:52 (12 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

I am in no way flaming anybody or trying to stir something up. But I am curious. Why is enforcing the law a "speed trap"? The highway between Troncones (actually all the way from the toll road in Feliciano) to Zihua is ripe with accidents and bad drivers. Speeding, passing and worse. About a year ago the Federales de Caminos began patrolling, using radar guns and issuing citations. THEY DO ISSUE REAL CITATIONS! Traffic has slowed and things seem better during the daylight hours they are working.

There are a couple of issues though. The speed limit is POORLY marked at best and not at all in most places. There are major drops in the limits at certain points. Through the Pantla interchange, the Buena Vista interchange, near the bottom of the hill up to Zihua and maybe another one. The speed limit on all open autopistas is 110 KMH. It drops to 60 at the interchange in Pantla, 40 in Buena Vista when there was a sign (there is not now) and I am not sure coming into Z because someone painted out the first number, but I think 80. This is an issue and maybe puts it in the "trap" category.

However, I would say I am thankful overall they are there. I used to average 120 or better on that road and have slowed to 110. I think it is a little safer and I am glad for it. I drive back and forth at least a couple times a week.

I have received my citation for 110 in an 80 zone at the beginning of the new enforcement. The officer was polite, respectful and opted to give me a lesser citation than the 1500 pesos or more it would have cost me. I paid only 400. It was paid through a bank and then delivered to the station. A pain in the ass, but official.

The opposite of this was 2 years or so ago when I was shaken down by a different patrol and know of others who were as well. I think this is not happening along this piece of the road anymore.

You just described the very definition of a "speed trap". It's not about the law. Lots of little podunk towns across the USA make a huge revenue with abrupt speed limit changes, especially around city limits. They're "just enforcing the law."

In Florida folks who drive up and down Highway 41 (of Allman Brothers fame) or I-75 near Irvine or SR19/98 near Chiefland regularly detour over to Williston to grab a few pounds of Frog's BBQ to go because Floridians love that legendary stuff, but at the entrances to town, especially the eastern and western ends, not only does the speed limit change abruptly but there is always a cop right there ready to ticket you because you practically have to slam on the brakes to avoid technically breaking the speed limit because of the "creative" placement of the signs. At least that's how it was for years'n'years when I lived there, and from comments on speed-trap websites I'm led to believe nothing has changed in the past 30 years, which if you've ever been to Williston is not surprising at all. ;-)

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by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Monday, February 12, 2018, 21:19 (12 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

OH, I see. That's what I didn't understand. Changing the speed limit because you are entering a rural area or dangerous intersection is a Speed Trap.Then when you enforce it you are wrong and corrupt. See, I didn't get that part. Thanks for squaring it away.

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Speed traps...

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, February 12, 2018, 23:38 (12 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

OH, I see. That's what I didn't understand. Changing the speed limit because you are entering a rural area or dangerous intersection is a Speed Trap.Then when you enforce it you are wrong and corrupt. See, I didn't get that part. Thanks for squaring it away.

Oh, come on, amigo. You know better than that. ;-)

You’re defending this?
Speed trap city accused of corruption, threatened with extinction

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Speed traps...

by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Monday, February 12, 2018, 23:48 (12 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Sorry, I don't live in the States. I was talking only about a stretch of road I drive all the time here in Guerrero that now feels a little safer because the Federales are actually doing what they were hired and trained to do.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 06:58 (12 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

Sorry, I don't live in the States. I was talking only about a stretch of road I drive all the time here in Guerrero that now feels a little safer because the Federales are actually doing what they were hired and trained to do.

And nobody said it was wrong or corrupt. Only that there is a speed trap which means, as you say, that the law is being enforced. Nothing sinister. It’s just an expression and a fair warning.

All cool now?

Speed traps...

by GordJ, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 09:55 (12 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I know that when they race on the salt flats they set up a speed trap where they capture your velocity. I also know that when someone announces the presence of a police radar it usually slows down the traffic. This may be a better way to slow down tourists than handing out speeding tickets as it would reduce the first time travellers speed which may be important when there won’t be a second time to learn from the first? It doesn’t make sense to criticize someone who suggests slowing down and then advocate slowing down either.
I know that if someone warns me that speed limits are strictly enforced I am more likely to slow down than if they say “watch your speed, it’s dangerous”. The lineup for gringo tourists who want to interact with a Mexican cop on the side of the road between two towns will be pretty short.