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Old 04-14-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Last week my commute from Brookhaven (home) to Alpharetta (work) was very smooth and easy all week. Co-workers told me it's because schools were out on spring break.

Just curious- are the summer months pretty easygoing for traffic (relative to non-summer anyway)?
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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Maybe a tad but not much. Lots of families take off work during spring break b/c it's only a week but it's hard to do that over the summer. It's generally lighter over July 4th if that helps!
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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Actually I've found that traffic does improve during the summer months. For one, the rush hour seems to start later in the day since parents aren't scrambling to go get kids, no school buses etc. It won't be as good as spring break, but there is some relief coming.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Last week my commute from Brookhaven (home) to Alpharetta (work) was very smooth and easy all week. Co-workers told me it's because schools were out on spring break.

Just curious- are the summer months pretty easygoing for traffic (relative to non-summer anyway)?
I think it depends on whether or not you're normally driving at the same time as school traffic.

Since I tend to travel later in the day, I never see it, and traffic levels are always relatively light.
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Old 04-14-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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I commute down from NE Cobb to Sandy Springs down Johnson Ferry Rd and across the river. On that route, YES, there's a very big summer improvement, at least during the 7:30 to 8:30ish time window.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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It's quite a bit lighter in the summer, but I do think spring break week is the lightest traffic of the year by a long shot.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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You won't really see much of a difference on the highways and interstates because you're always dealing with "through traffic" as people from the North pass through Atlanta heading South, and vice-verca. On the secondary roads and in suburban areas you'll see a difference, though by no means does it rid those areas of congestion - you just won't catch yourself stuck behind 11 buses dropping kids off every 25ft, etc.

Since an average of 90,000 to 150,000 people are continuing to move into the metro area each year, and to be conservative that would equal about 25,000 new cars per year being added to the metro area, it's only going to get worse regardless of whether school is in or out, so batten down the hatches.
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