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View Poll Results: WHich city has the best freeway system of the 10 largest MSA's?
Dallas/Ft. Worth 99 15.94%
Houston 149 23.99%
LA 160 25.76%
NYC 29 4.67%
Chicago 57 9.18%
Philly 11 1.77%
DC 17 2.74%
Miami 9 1.45%
Atlanta 54 8.70%
Detroit 36 5.80%
Voters: 621. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-19-2009, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Eau Claire for now
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Dallas-Fort Worth Freeway System


High 5 interchange dallas


Elephantitis?
So having lived in San Diego this summer for a few months san diego has nice freeways and they are beautiful. I think Minneapolis also has a good system but not the best. Las Vegas has the nicest bridges/ramps/landscaping IMO. I was taken aback by KC though, Lots of freeways, even going across the river into KC, Kansas
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:54 PM
 
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Elephantitis?
So having lived in San Diego this summer for a few months san diego has nice freeways and they are beautiful. I think Minneapolis also has a good system but not the best. Las Vegas has the nicest bridges/ramps/landscaping IMO. I was taken aback by KC though, Lots of freeways, even going across the river into KC, Kansas
KC has the most freeways per capita followed by DFW.

There's a lot of road for the nearly 2 million people that live in Greater KC.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I don't see how L.A. can be winning this. The reason L.A. has horrendous traffic is because it has an inadequate freeway system for the population it supports. Plus, the freeways are ugly as sin.
I agree. LA's freeways are for the most part are extremely outdated and inadequate. You realize this as soon as you try to tackle 110/5, 101/405, or shoot me now, the 101/110 interchange at rush hour. Traffic hardly ever moves smoothly on a consistent basis and doesn't that defeat the purpose of building the freeways in the first place? I don't care how many miles of freeway there are in LA, it doesn't work. If the NYC subway broke down half the time, would people still rate it as the best subway system, just because it's the most extensive?
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:47 PM
 
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I think one of the worst freeway cities is Austin. The infrastructure there has not kept up with population growth.
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:04 AM
 
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Austin has GREAT freeways.
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:56 AM
 
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I agree. LA's freeways are for the most part are extremely outdated and inadequate. You realize this as soon as you try to tackle 110/5, 101/405, or shoot me now, the 101/110 interchange at rush hour. Traffic hardly ever moves smoothly on a consistent basis and doesn't that defeat the purpose of building the freeways in the first place? I don't care how many miles of freeway there are in LA, it doesn't work. If the NYC subway broke down half the time, would people still rate it as the best subway system, just because it's the most extensive?
No. You don't understand. Driving on LA's freeways is so much better than the rest of this country. Maybe it's because they were anticipating all the growth and sprawl in SoCal. And yes, it's old and ugly as sin and it's graffiti ridden, yada yada... But I actually like how the drivers don't get in your way (maybe they don't have insurance) and rarely go at a speed that would tie up traffic.

This is the polar opposite of what I've experienced in other states where you have people randomly swerving into you and driving 45 MPH on the passing lane *cough* Texas *cough* . But to Texas' credit, their turnarounds are a Godsend.

Again, LA does a freakin' good job given that there's like 15 million people living in the metro. You won't appreciate it until you try adjusting to rush hour in other cities.
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:33 PM
 
Location: H_town, Texas
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I never been to L.A. but i did hear it had good freeways. But since i never been and never seen the freeways...my vote still goes to houston. The freeways are the best down here!!!
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Los Angeles.
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:29 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Houston.. Other cities may have more, but the quality of Houston freeways are among if not the best.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:26 AM
 
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I'm one car owner who lives in Brooklyn, NYC and when I have to use my car... especially going through Manhattan... it's an adventure. The city obviously is not built for cars. Some highways are always jammed that traffic reports don't really matter anymore. In fact, I would be surprised to hear that certain stretches would go traffic-free from time to time.

People here also refer to the highways through their original names. LIE (Long Island Expressway, I-495), BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, I-278), the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95), Major Deegan (I-78), etc. I'd bet that if you ask half of the drivers where I-278 is, they'd have no idea where it was.
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