Mappers and drivers,
This discussion has come up before: Many large cities utilize Express Lanes which switch their directionality at different times of the day. There's a lot of on and off-ramps between express lanes and the 'real' freeways and city streets. And they are helpful for commuters, of course.
And express lanes are mapped in Waze.
However, because Waze has no current way to know when to use the express lanes properly, it is often routing users onto express lanes at inappropriate times. And then instructions from that point on, because the express lane is often so close that the GPS margin of error is wide enough to keep the car snapped to the express lane, are incorrect, confusing or perhaps dangerous.
So, what do we do about this? Here are some options:
- Keep them as-is and let drivers decide when to use it or not.
- Keep them in place, but mark them as no-entrance and restrict all turns such that Waze will not use them. This option allows us to re-enable the express lanes when Waze can properly support them without having to re-draw them
- Delete them and their ramps (exclusive ramps only, not shared ones). Rebuild it all when/if Waze can support them.
My vote would be for option #2. I lean toward #1, but not heavily enough. But the annoyance factor for new users being directed along the express lane at the wrong time of day is high. Therefore, I vote #2.
LAST Note: This discussion started in 2009
and at the time, krankyd recommended what is essentially #2 as well. Another thread to bring it to our attention again can't hurt, right?