Sunday, October 26, 2014

Traffic Still Sucks On The 405, Even With Those New Carpool Lanes

Remember Carmageddon? Its sequel Carmageddon II? Jamzilla? The Rampture?

Thanks to all those pesky closures now have a shiny new 10-mile carpool lane. What we don't have is less traffic, according to a new study from traffic service provider INRIX.

Jim Bak said its analysts found "relatively no change" in travel speeds and times. The company compared data between the second and third weeks of September in 2013 and those same weeks in 2014 on the northbound 405 between the 10 and the 101 freeways, according to KNX. Between 4 and 7 p.m. it looks like the average travel time between those two freeways is actually about a minute slower than last year, KPCC notes.

It's not all bad news: INRIX notes that rush hour seems to be ending earlier. Last year it took about 28 minutes to drive from the 10 to the 101 between 7 and 8 p.m. This year it took 22 minutes.

Just because traffic isn't any better doesn't necessarily mean the carpool lane was a complete waste of 5 years and $1 billion dollars.

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