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Old 07-27-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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I am from Utah where they have a Trax system. I have used it and love it. Gerogia sure could use something like this. Utah roads are so much better and easy to find your way around, but the mountains do help with orientation. I have never been so lost in my life as I was the other night in the Norcross area, all the roads have similar names. The people that named the roads have no imagination. Names don't really work very well anyway. A good grid system with numbers and directions. For example 1234 East 5432 South.
There is a lot to love about Georgia but the transportation system needs much improvement.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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So I guess you are voting "yes" on the TSPLOT?

Numbers are dull. Street names in GA are awesome. Trickum? Jot'emdown? Hilarious! The biggest issue I have with them is that they change as soon as you leave one town and enter another. Oh, and too many Peachtrees.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I never really understood that numbering system out in Utah but I do agree it's very hard to learn your way around this area and very easy to get lost.

Where I come from, (Myjammy) we had a pretty easy system too. The traffic was the worst of anywhere I've lived but very easy to learn your way around. Most of the street names were numbers but it really didn't matter because you know which way you're headed by the suffix and the street number.

Grids are easy but kinda hard to do with the hilly terrain that we have, I'd imagine. And back in Florida (probably just like SLC too), each county does it's own thing. It would probably work the same where here and there are so many counties and each would do their own thing.

Techinically this is not really an Atlanta issue, as the city of atlnata has grids and numbered street names. It's the suburbs that have this problem the most.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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I find the hyphenated names annoying and easy to mix up. Ashford/Peachtree/Chamblee-Dunwoody all within a few miles of each other. Seriously? It helps to find a landmark or a particular street that you know how to get back to. I tend to get lost over by Northside hospital trying to get back on the interstate. Now I know to look for the King & Queen. If I don't see them I know I'm headed in the wrong direction. I also figured out about five different ways to get back to Peachtree-Dunwoody. Personally I'm rather partial to Happy Hollow. Of course, in my hometown "Happy Holler" was a redlight district! :d
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Most Georgia road names have long-standing historical significance. If they are not named for WHERE THEY GO (Marietta Street, Buford Highway, Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee-Tucker Road, Lawrenceville Highway, Roswell Road), or WHO LIVED ON THEM WHEN THEY WERE DIRT ... They are named for who operated the FERRY CROSSING on the RIVER (Johnson Ferry, Paces Ferry, Bells Ferry).

I've never understood the preference to number all street names in Florida on a compass grid: 142 SW 42nd Terrace SE! What the?! Confusing as heck!
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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Most Georgia road names have long-standing historical significance. If they are not named for WHERE THEY GO (Marietta Street, Buford Highway, Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee-Tucker Road, Lawrenceville Highway, Roswell Road), or WHO LIVED ON THEM WHEN THEY WERE DIRT ... They are named for who operated the FERRY CROSSING on the RIVER (Johnson Ferry, Paces Ferry, Bells Ferry).
This is exactly right. Chamblee Tucker Rd goes from Chamblee to Tucker. Roswell Rd. goes to Roswell. Note one Roswell changes its name to Marietta Highway when it gets to Roswell. The other Roswell Rd changes its names to Atlanta St. in Roswell since it goes to Atlanta from Roswell. The two Roswell Roads probably confuse the most people.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
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I am from Utah where they have a Trax system. I have used it and love it. Gerogia sure could use something like this. Utah roads are so much better and easy to find your way around, but the mountains do help with orientation. I have never been so lost in my life as I was the other night in the Norcross area, all the roads have similar names. The people that named the roads have no imagination. Names don't really work very well anyway. A good grid system with numbers and directions. For example 1234 East 5432 South.
There is a lot to love about Georgia but the transportation system needs much improvement.
I hope you are going to vote yes for the TSPLOST as well on July 31st. We need this thing to pass to improve the infrastructure of Atlanta.

If you are voting no, stop complaining while you are ahead.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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You're new. Soon you will learn to enjoy the names of our roads and thier personalities, and you will not be lost anymore-or bored.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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My bad. Internet, serious business.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: GA
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When I first moved here I found the Gwinnett/Fulton area very easy to navigate. Seems there's always an additional route to a destination. The u-turns are a big help also. It's like any other place; takes some time to get familiar. As for numbers, one digit off can be a real issue. I like the names better.
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