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Old 03-13-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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I'm from the Kansas City area and considering a move to SA. I've been to Dallas and didn't like the area - too much traffic and too many people. I'm under the impression that San Antonio is not as big as Dallas. Am I way off? Anyone care to make a comparison of SA and Dallas for me, or SA and the greater KC area? I am a small town girl at heart and the LBJ Freeway in Dallas about did me in!
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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If I had to be in Dallas more then three months it would kill me too. Depending on where you live in San Antonio traffic can be "bad" in San Antonio terms. But unless there is a huge accident or you're on 281 close to 1604 or near 10/1604 during rush hour AND there's an accident you'll never come to a dead stop.

Don't get me wrong, there is congestion, and it gets frustrating, but not driving during our 1 hour peak rush hour is the way to avoid it.

I'm not familiar with KC traffic though, so I cannot compare SA to Kansas City, but I did live in Dallas for a summer and it can be painful in more spots then San Antonio can be.

The best way to see would be to come here to see, though.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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I'm from the Kansas City area and considering a move to SA. I've been to Dallas and didn't like the area - too much traffic and too many people. I'm under the impression that San Antonio is not as big as Dallas. Am I way off? Anyone care to make a comparison of SA and Dallas for me, or SA and the greater KC area? I am a small town girl at heart and the LBJ Freeway in Dallas about did me in!
Thanks!
I just sent you a message
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:24 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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In general, traffic in San Antonio is nowhere near the level of the Dallas area. As mentioned above, there are areas that are typically congested, but there is not the overall amount of traffic as there can be in Dallas. There is rush hour here as you would expect in any major city plus some areas that seem to be always busy no matter what and areas that are busier on the weekends or busy only during peak times... There is another thread currently going about left lane hogs v. those who know left lane is for passing only. One traffic peeve of mine here is that people slam on their breaks or drive at about 2 m.p.h. to check out an accident scene or even just sometimes when a police officer has pulled someone over. There also always seems to be construction, but that again is typical of any city.

We lived in Omaha and traveled often to KC for work, weekend trips, and to watch family members in various athletic events. We never really encountered horrid traffic there. The only comparison I can really make is that traffic in the Stone Oak/281/1604 area here might be likened to Christmas shopping traffic around the Overland Park/Leawood-ish areas - but the Stone Oak/281/1604 traffic can be like that every day.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:33 PM
 
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The only comparison I can really make is that traffic in the Stone Oak/281/1604 area here might be likened to Christmas shopping traffic around the Overland Park/Leawood-ish areas - but the Stone Oak/281/1604 traffic can be like that every day.
Two words:
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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I'm under the impression that San Antonio is not as big as Dallas. Am I way off? Anyone care to make a comparison of SA and Dallas for me, or SA and the greater KC area?!
Well San Antonio has a metro populaton of about 2 million, and the Dallas metro is about 6.1 million people, so simple answer is there is no comparison. Dallas traffic is much worse.
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Old 03-14-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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Thanks to all for the helpful replies I can handle average traffic (like I-35 southbound in Olathe)! I was intimidated by LBJ Freeway in Dallas (and wow the number of big trucks). I'm 55 and this will be a big change for me. Hopeful that San Antonio will prove to be friendly and based on the posts on this forum, it appears to be a happy and friendly place. I know SA was very good to my KU Jayhawks last year in the Final Four!
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I can summarize it quite simply for you:

Overall (and that's the key word), traffic in SA is better than Dallas, but worse than KC (but closer to KC than to Dallas). Also be aware that many of the freeways here are wider than what you typically are used to in Greater KC.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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We just moved here from KC last August, and let me tell you... San Antonio's traffic is HORRIBLE compared to KC! I have to say though, I love San Antonio, so I'll put up w/ the traffic. I have to say the drivers are worse than KC too.... they all tailgate horrible.

If you do move here, choose a place that will be close to where you will either be working, or mostly frequenting. We live in the northern part of SA, and it's right in the middle to where I can get to either 281, 1604, 410 or 10 easily.... depending on traffic. Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio North
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I'm not sure why anyone would say the traffic here is horrible. You can get anywhere in thirty minutes during rush or not unless you are on 281 north of 1604! The only other exceptions are the 1604 area where their are lights are if their is some bad accident.
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