AlanOfTheBerg wrote: jondrush wrote:
sketch wrote:The standard has always only included the word "Exit" for exits from a freeway (limited access)—either "Exit xxx: Road" or "Exit to Road". Ramps onto freeways from roads that are not limited-access have always just been "to Road".
Why? Why is a ramp from a non-freeway to a freeway not worthy of an "Exit Right" announcement? I'm not talking about turning lanes here, true ramps.
For unnumbered "Exits" from US or state routes, I also often use "Exit to <city>" or "Exit to <road>" as it is the best way to be clear to the driver in TTS.
I also still disagree with the use of the second colon. I don't like how it looks and I don't like the TTS for it. It is still most clear to use "to" instead of ":" but I do understand the need for some brevity, screen real estate/width available for characters, etc. Conversely, with good TTS, we shouldn't have to look at the screen for the info but just be able to drive and listen to the announcement, which is where having the "to" is better. If we could get Waze to announce every ":" after the first one which is combined with the word "Exit," as a "to" instead of a pause, that would be ideal(er). That all being said, I would fall in the with majority vote as this isn't
a HUGE deal.
Actually, I did test the "to" in a couple places around town, one of which is an exit I use at least three times a week, usually more. The "to" sort of tends to make everything before and after it run together. I much prefer the pause inflicted by the colon.
There isn't really any need to put "Exit" on the name of any ramp off the side of any highway, because the TTS instruction is "Exit to the right", anyway. It's sort of redundant and wastes time. To be honest, I think it would be better if unnumbered exits from freeways also did not include the word, because "Exit to the right, at exit to Carondelet Street / St Charles Avenue" adds nothing but time to the announcement, where "Exit to the right, at Carondelet Street / St Charles Avenue" conveys the message perfectly (with the segment named "to Carondelet St / St Charles Ave"). However, starting the segment name with "Exit" does provide visual congruence, especially in situations where only three or four exits are not numbered, sandwiched between an interstate and another freeway with 7 or 8 numbered exits.
As for "Exit to: Road" vs. "Exit to Road", now that I'm looking at it this way, I think "Exit: Road" is actually more sensible and more in line with "Exit 228: Street".