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Atlanta HOV Lanes

 

The HOV Lanes in Atlanta generally follow I-75, except in about 3 locations.

Southbound near Mile 252 and Northbound near Mile 247 and Mile 250. At these points, it diverts away from the main road, but reconnects a short distance later.

Since my last trip to Florida, I have upgraded from a NUVI 350 to a NUVI2555LMT. The 350 had no provisions for HOV lanes and would automatically try to keep me on the main road.

I DO NOT have the HOV lanes ticked as an avoidance. Does this mean that the 2555 will keep me in the HOV lanes at these points of divergence? Will the Junction View show correctly at these points?

If not, does anyone have any GPS coordinates that could be used as via points to force the GPS to take the correct route?

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

HOV lanes

Interesting.

If I were going thru Atlanta, I would want to stay in the HOV lane - which is what I think you are asking.

I can "avoid" "carpool lanes" on my new unit. Have not seen any routing choice that would let me take HOV (like faster, shorter, etc).

I think some smartphone apps may have this.

I think

GPSgeek wrote:

The HOV Lanes in Atlanta generally follow I-75, except in about 3 locations.

Southbound near Mile 252 and Northbound near Mile 247 and Mile 250. At these points, it diverts away from the main road, but reconnects a short distance later.

Since my last trip to Florida, I have upgraded from a NUVI 350 to a NUVI2555LMT. The 350 had no provisions for HOV lanes and would automatically try to keep me on the main road.

I DO NOT have the HOV lanes ticked as an avoidance. Does this mean that the 2555 will keep me in the HOV lanes at these points of divergence? Will the Junction View show correctly at these points?

If not, does anyone have any GPS coordinates that could be used as via points to force the GPS to take the correct route?

I think that the only place where your "avoidance" setting may make a difference is in the places where the HOV lane diverts away from the main road. Your Nuvi is set for either Faster Time or Shortest Distance routing so having the HOV avoidance off could mean that the route calculated would use the HOV lane diversion if it was faster or shorter (whichever you have set) than staying on the main lanes. If the HOV avoidance was ON the Nuvi should keep you on the main road and not take the HOV diversions, ever.

In normal cases the Nuvi does not "keep" you in or out of the HOV lane. To the Nuvi it's just another lane of traffic. Lane Assist and Junction Views will display the HOV lane, but normally as just another lane of the highway.

Depending on the rules of use for the HOV lane, it's you that have to decide if and when to use them. When you run into one of these HOV lane diversions, Junction Views will display the lane(s) you should use which could be either the HOV lane or the main lanes, again depending how you've set the route calculation mode. But remember, in these cases, the Nuvi doesn't know the HOV rules (# of people in vehicle, time of day, etc.) so it's up to you whether to follow the Nuvi's suggestions or stay within the law.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

That Was What I Thought

t923347 wrote:
GPSgeek wrote:

The HOV Lanes in Atlanta generally follow I-75, except in about 3 locations.

Southbound near Mile 252 and Northbound near Mile 247 and Mile 250. At these points, it diverts away from the main road, but reconnects a short distance later.

Since my last trip to Florida, I have upgraded from a NUVI 350 to a NUVI2555LMT. The 350 had no provisions for HOV lanes and would automatically try to keep me on the main road.

I DO NOT have the HOV lanes ticked as an avoidance. Does this mean that the 2555 will keep me in the HOV lanes at these points of divergence? Will the Junction View show correctly at these points?

If not, does anyone have any GPS coordinates that could be used as via points to force the GPS to take the correct route?

I think that the only place where your "avoidance" setting may make a difference is in the places where the HOV lane diverts away from the main road. Your Nuvi is set for either Faster Time or Shortest Distance routing so having the HOV avoidance off could mean that the route calculated would use the HOV lane diversion if it was faster or shorter (whichever you have set) than staying on the main lanes. If the HOV avoidance was ON the Nuvi should keep you on the main road and not take the HOV diversions, ever.

In normal cases the Nuvi does not "keep" you in or out of the HOV lane. To the Nuvi it's just another lane of traffic. Lane Assist and Junction Views will display the HOV lane, but normally as just another lane of the highway.

Depending on the rules of use for the HOV lane, it's you that have to decide if and when to use them. When you run into one of these HOV lane diversions, Junction Views will display the lane(s) you should use which could be either the HOV lane or the main lanes, again depending how you've set the route calculation mode. But remember, in these cases, the Nuvi doesn't know the HOV rules (# of people in vehicle, time of day, etc.) so it's up to you whether to follow the Nuvi's suggestions or stay within the law.

I pretty much figured the same thing. I couldn't see that the GPS was accurate enough to differentiate the actual lane. However, there are no stupid questions at POI Factory, so I figured it was worth asking.

I may need coordinates that will force the GPS to take me to the deviance. I have tried Google Earth, but it's tricky getting the coordinates for these deviations. Have to go to Street View and keep moving ahead. I might keep on that track, unless one of the terrific people in POI Factory already has done this.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Atlanta HOV lanes

GPSgeek wrote:

The HOV Lanes in Atlanta generally follow I-75, except in about 3 locations.

Southbound near Mile 252 and Northbound near Mile 247 and Mile 250. At these points, it diverts away from the main road, but reconnects a short distance later.

Since my last trip to Florida, I have upgraded from a NUVI 350 to a NUVI2555LMT. The 350 had no provisions for HOV lanes and would automatically try to keep me on the main road.

I DO NOT have the HOV lanes ticked as an avoidance. Does this mean that the 2555 will keep me in the HOV lanes at these points of divergence? Will the Junction View show correctly at these points?

If not, does anyone have any GPS coordinates that could be used as via points to force the GPS to take the correct route?

I have to same problems with my Garmin 2350LMT, I just stay in the HOV lane while the GPS recalculates while I read the signs or I take the Atlanta bypass to avoid downtown traffic. I take many trips from Illinois to Florida and I choose the bypass to avoid traffic.

I'm

GPSgeek wrote:

I may need coordinates that will force the GPS to take me to the deviance. I have tried Google Earth, but it's tricky getting the coordinates for these deviations. Have to go to Street View and keep moving ahead. I might keep on that track, unless one of the terrific people in POI Factory already has done this.

I'm not sure about the user interface on your Nuvi but you could always use Browse Map to set a point on I-75 both Northbound and Southbound to set a location on the road, save it as a Favorite/Saved Place and use it as a via on your route.

On my 3597 it a matter of browsing the map, zoom in to as far as possible and tap the screen in the northbound lane, and save the location displayed. Repeat the process for the southbound location.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

HOV in Atlanta

HOV lanes on Atlanta are not always HOV, sometimes they are Toll express and use Peach Pass. At one time even if you were exempt you needed a Peach Pass transponder. This included buses as well as HOV users.

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Jeff - Garmin 765T(2), 2300LM, GPSMap 76CSx The difference between genius and stupidity--Genius does not hurt.

I Had An Epiphany

Duh!!! I had an epiphany and wondered if Basecamp would offer a solution. Despite my Love/Hate relationship with that program and it’s many shortcomings, I decided to give it a try. Lo & Behold,, I discovered that it does actually show the HOV Lanes and the locations, where they diverge from the main road.

Go to the following locations:
1. Northbound and Southbound where I-75 crosses Fulton St. W., just north of Mile 247. Zoom in to the maximum and you will see the divergence of both the North and South bound routes. Follow this south and you will see the HOV Lanes reconnect with I-75.

If you set a Via Point Northbound at N33.74106 W84.39168 and Southbound at N33.74106 W84.39192, I would expect the GPS to force you to the divergence.

2. For the other set of Northbound and Southbound divergences can be seen about where I-75 crosses North Ave. NW. Zoom in again to the maximum.

If you set a Via Point at Northbound at N33.77020 W84.39019 and Southbound at N33.77020 W84.39041, I would expect the GPS to again force you to the divergence.

I have let Basecamp plot the route and I have also had my GPS simulate the route. In both cases, it did take me through the divergence correctly. However, I have not tested this, by actually setting up these waypoints and driving with them. If anyone has sufficient opportunity and courage, I would look forward to your feedback on an actual road trip.

I should have thought of this earlier, but the fact that I’ve had a few others wondering the same thing, I have to assume that the discussion had some level of merit and interest.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

HOV Worked Fine For Us Canucks

Panache wrote:

HOV lanes on Atlanta are not always HOV, sometimes they are Toll express and use Peach Pass. At one time even if you were exempt you needed a Peach Pass transponder. This included buses as well as HOV users.

We went to Florida and back last March and had no problem, and did not need a Peach Pass. There was two of us in the car at the time and the author of Along the I-75 has contacted the Georgia MTO and was told that all is well as long as there are two people.

We did not take the divergence on the south route, but we learned how the divergence worked and took it on the trip back North.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

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