Ramp Meter Myths
Myth: The green means that there is an upcoming "space" on the highway into which I can move.
Reality: The green light does not mean that there is a space into which you can move. You should proceed with extreme caution when entering the freeway at all times.
Myth: Ramp meters do not benefit me because they increase my overall commute time by making me wait to get onto the freeway.
Reality: Ramp meters benefit everyone. The meters help to provide consistent travel speeds, help prevent merging accidents and reduce fuel consumption. You may have to wait on the ramp for a little while, but everyone's ride on the freeway should be smoother and faster. This process should decrease your overall commute time.
Myth: Ramp meters do not do a lot of good.
Reality: Ramp meters are one of the most cost-effective ways to ease freeway congestion. Tests done in other cities, with the same demographics as Atlanta, show that ramp meters reduce merging accidents, reduce recurring congestion and allow more vehicles onto the freeway. These are benefits to all motorists and to metro Atlanta.