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View Poll Results: WHich city has the best freeway system of the 10 largest MSA's?
Dallas/Ft. Worth 99 15.97%
Houston 148 23.87%
LA 160 25.81%
NYC 29 4.68%
Chicago 57 9.19%
Philly 11 1.77%
DC 17 2.74%
Miami 9 1.45%
Atlanta 54 8.71%
Detroit 36 5.81%
Voters: 620. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 07-26-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Orange County,CA
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^ lol yeah.
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Old 07-26-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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It's between Dallas and Houston.

Personally I've had better traffic experiences in Houston and the feeders make getting around easier when traffic gets heavy.

Atlanta highways are well maintained but they are useless when it comes to moving people effectively. The layout of the city makes almost all movements dependent on the freeways. Houston and Dallas have multiple freeways in each direction as well as tolls and feeders, but the street grid can always provide a useful alternative if you need to take one.

L.A. just has a lot of Freeways. (quality over quanity always wins)
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Old 07-27-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Boston Metro
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Wheres Boston?
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:20 PM
 
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I'd also say that the Rust Belt has the most serviceable urban highways, since the others are too traffic choked. So my vote on this list would be Detroit, but my real thoughts in this regard are Syracuse and Rochester and to some extent Buffalo and Cleveland.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:54 PM
 
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Detroit's inner-belt freeway system is probably overbuilt compared to its current usage. That's why you might hit heavy traffic on freeways in the suburbs around Detroit, then suddenly hit smooth sailing as you get closer to the core of the city.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Dallas is by far the best. Driving all the way from outer Dallas through Arlington to south of Ft worth was very easy and efficient. I never got lost in Dallas on any exit ramp. As for worst, DC. Not even a question. Absolutely the worst designed freeway system I have ever seen.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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How in the world can people think that L.A. has the best freeway system? It doesn't make sense. It has the worst congestion, the lowest number of freeway lane miles per capita in the country, and only about three-fifths of the proposed freeways were ever even constructed! I guess that L.A. and the freeway "culture" have become so closely associated with each other in people's minds that they automatically assume L.A. has the best system. By almost every measure, I think it's one of the worst in the country - if not THE worst.

Out of the cities listed, I'd say it's Dallas-Ft. Worth that has the best system because it has the highest number of freeway lane miles per capita in the country. (Kansas City is even more developed, but it's not on the list provided in the poll.)

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Old 10-17-2009, 12:16 AM
 
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This poll is deceiving on multiple levels. L.A. has the most extensive freeway system in the U.S., and the World. It also has the most extensive commutes in the country, the most vehicles per capita, and one of the largest wall-to-wall congested metro areas in the country. L.A. is the leader by virtue of combining all these concepts. But, the question is, is it the best? I still say, yes. By any measure, it is the best. By total numer of miles. By miles per population. This isn't even a real argument. Dallas, Houston, etc. may have a lot of freeways, but compared to population, doesn't come close to L.A. Am I saying this is a good thing, or even defending it? No. Just talking about facts. I guess the word "best" is subjective, but L.A. is, and will continue to be the freeway capital of the world for decades to come.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What's a freeway? Is it a highway with no tolls? I've never lived anyplace where highways are called freeways. The only place I've ever heard the term freeway is California.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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What's a freeway? Is it a highway with no tolls? I've never lived anyplace where highways are called freeways. The only place I've ever heard the term freeway is California.
There are freeways in Atlanta - Stone Mountain Freeway, Lakewood Freeway...and Charlotte - Belk Freeway...and other cities. As far as I know, it's just another name for a highway, interstate, expressway, etc.
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