The DC Metro easily matches/exceeds Chicago's regional rail system, assuming the CTA and Metra continue to remain separate.chicagogeorge said:^
I agree, even though we have probably the second best rail system in America (New York's is far ahead), it still needs to be greatly expanded, especially in suburban areas where traffic congestion continues to grow worse day by day.
Houston and Dallas are marginally bigger than Atlanta (all 5-6 million), but Atlanta is fucking ridiculous because it's much more spread out than Houston or Dallas/Ft Worth (yes, the whole metroplex). If you look at an urban footprint of the three metros, Atlanta is probaly 40% bigger than either of the other two and is about the same size as Chicagoland in area! Also, Atlanta's freeways aren't bad compared to most metros its size or greater. It's Atlanta's arterial system that is an absolute mess as it is constantly being upgraded and has no regularity to it. That and no city builds the amount of cul-de-sac developments that Atlanta does. At least in Western and Texas metros, they try to keep a lot of it gridded with more than one entrance/exit into neighborhoods. Atlanta is all cul-de-sacs dude, and retail on all the arterials being upgraded... it's horrible traffic planning.samsonyuen said:I'm surprised NY isn't in the top 5 either. Or Dallas or Houston, being bigger than Atlanta. Atlanta must be as bad as people say it is then!
Luckily, Chicago's cold winters and diverse climate make it's air less likely to become terrible opposed to a city in the sun belt. for example, LA's consistent hot weather and the fact she lies next to a mountain range means that LA is the perfect place for poor air to be created and maintained.6. Chicago maybe have one of the worst air in the US.