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It seems like the options along the 5 are pretty slim and I might feel more comfortable taking 99, but it's such a long trip I want to cut down on time as much as possible. This would be first long distance trip in the Bolt. Is my fear misguided?
 

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There are quite a few DCFC stations all along I-5. For the most part they are no more than 25-30 miles apart.

I don’t know where you are getting on the 5, but Pacheco Pass (152) is how most get to 5 from the Bay Area.

Santa Nella, Harris Ranch, Kettleman City, Buttonwillow, Wheeler Ridge, La Beck Rd, Frazier Mt Park Rd, Castaic... and now you are in the outskirts of LA.

Have a nice trip 😀
 

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It seems like the options along the 5 are pretty slim and I might feel more comfortable taking 99, but it's such a long trip I want to cut down on time as much as possible. This would be first long distance trip in the Bolt. Is my fear misguided?
Have you downloaded PlugShare?
 

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Boy, I would love to see that many stations on a route. I have to drive from here (50 Miles west of Austin) to Galveston. There is one DCFC once you leave Austin until you get to Katy which is the outskirts of Houston.
 

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Boy, I would love to see that many stations on a route. I have to drive from here (50 Miles west of Austin) to Galveston. There is one DCFC once you leave Austin until you get to Katy which is the outskirts of Houston.
I know, I saw that map and thought "this is what 'options are slim' looks like in California?" :LOL:
 

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CA is where I learned to say "the___". Everywhere else it's "eye 4, 40, 25, etc"
Putting "the" in front of highways is a So Cal thing. For many highways up here in the Bay Area, it doesn't make sense.

So Cal examples:
the 10
the 405
the 110
the Santa Ana Freeway

Nor Cal, putting "the" in front of thees sounds weird:
280
17
880
680

Radio stations may refer to the Nimitz Freeway or the McArthur maze but "the" in front of highways is definitely not common here.

FWIW, I live in and grew up in the Bay Area. I also lived in LA for ~4.5 years.
 

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"The 5 freeway": Google hits = 195,000
"The i-5 freeway": Google hits = 63,500

It's "the 5". Case closed. 😁

FYI, here's a similar length trip from south of Tuscon to Las Vegas:
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Detour to Blythe and Needles would be required. :confused:
 

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"The 5 freeway": Google hits = 195,000
"The i-5 freeway": Google hits = 63,500

It's "the 5". Case closed. 😁

FYI, here's a similar length trip from south of Tuscon to Las Vegas:
View attachment 34267
Detour to Blythe and Needles would be required. :confused:
”I-5”, 25 billion hits. “Interstate 5”, 158 million hits. I had never heard of putting the word “the” in front the name of a highway until it was satirized on Saturday Night Live in the “The Californians” skits. 😊
 

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”I-5”, 25 billion hits. “Interstate 5”, 158 million hits. I had never heard of putting the word “the” in front the name of a highway until it was satirized on Saturday Night Live in the “The Californians” skits. 😊
"I-5", using quotes is only 83.6 million. Without quotes it ignores single letters so I-5 and 5 are the same results.
"the 5" is 248 million.

For me, and everyone I've ever spoken to in the last 50 years, it's the 5.
E.g. To get home you "take the 5", not "take the i-5". Everyone knows that the "5" is a freeway so the "i" is redundant. Do you drop the "i" for non-Interstate freeways? Then you have to know which freeway to put an "i" in front of and which ones not to depending on if they eventually cross state lines? 🤪

I suppose that in different locations people could be wrong about this. 😉
 

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"I-5", using quotes is only 83.6 million. Without quotes it ignores single letters so I-5 and 5 are the same results.
"the 5" is 248 million.

For me, and everyone I've ever spoken to in the last 50 years, it's the 5.
E.g. To get home you "take the 5", not "take the i-5". Everyone knows that the "5" is a freeway so the "i" is redundant. Do you drop the "i" for non-Interstate freeways? Then you have to know which freeway to put an "i" in front of and which ones not to depending on if they eventually cross state lines? 🤪

I suppose that in different locations people could be wrong about this. 😉
Yeah, I left off the quotes on I-5 intentionally to get a ludicrously inflated number. 😊

There is no ”I“ if it’s not an Interstate. So the Florida Turnpike is “the Turnpike“ and Interstate 95 is ”I-95”. And U.S Highway 441 is “441” and State Highway 7 is “7”. Route is an acceptable prefix for 441 or 7. Or do you refer to the famous Route 66 as “the 66”? 😊

I suppose people in Southern California could be wrong about this, but that’s OK. 😊
 

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SoCal driver how far it is from Point A to Point B. Your answer will come back, not in miles, but in minutes/hours.
Of course. Why would you say it's 20 miles away? That could be 20 miles of city driving and take an hour. Or it could be 1 mile to the freeway and 19 on the freeway, so, at SoCal speeds, it's less than 20 minutes away. Isn't the time far more important than the distance?

P.S. Having some fun here, but it is true!

I suppose it has a lot to do with the fact that SoCal works a bit differently. Nobody I know of differentiates between interstate freeways or not because you generally don't know that a freeway eventually leave the state "way over there somewhere" so everything is just "the freeway". Although some think it's more to do with historical context: Why Do Southern Californians Say “The” Before Freeway Numbers?

Now what's really messed up is that the 405 freeway in Los Angeles is called the "San Diego Freeway". It does not go to San Diego. 🤪
 

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For the definitive authority on SoCal traffic reporter's jargon, please consult with "405"


"the 101"
"the 405"
"the 118"

We don't use "the {number}" in Northern California.
 
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