Seattle, Washington

Seattle Emerges From Tolled Tunnel Unscathed

Promises of congestion and thousands of cars spilling on to quiet residential streets proved unfounded after the first week with tolls on the Highway 91 tunnel in Seattle.

November 14, 2019 - City Observatory

Interstate 405

Five Years After $1 Billion Freeway Expansion, Traffic Only Gets Worse

The lesson of the I-405 widening project that birthed meme-worthy events like "Carmageddon": widening a freeway won't reduce congestion for long, if ever.

May 8, 2019 - Curbed Los Angeles

Alaskan Way Viaduct

The Carmageddon Myth

Seattle recently closed the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but the predicted traffic chaos hasn’t ensued.

January 23, 2019 - City Commentary

Atlanta BeltLine

Friday Funny: Atlantans Rely on Humor to Deal With Series of Highway Mishaps

No freeway no cry.

April 21, 2017 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gwinnett County

Atlanta's Own 'Carmageddon' Follows a Familiar Pattern

The destruction of an expanse of I-85 in Atlanta means the heavily travelled freeway will be closed for months. The disaster that was predicted to follow, however, has so far failed to materialize.

April 16, 2017 - City Observatory

The Real Jurassic Park: Why a Highway Widening Project Hasn't Been Entirely Bad for L.A.

The highway widening project that's slowed traffic along the already slothful 405 freeway for the past four years, and brought us the revelatory event known as "Carmageddon", hasn't been all bad news. It offers a glimpse of the city's oldest rocks.

August 23, 2013 - Zocalo Public Square

ARTmageddon Reveals a Changing Los Angeles

Warnings over the traffic nightmare that could result from the closure of the 405 freeway last weekend in L.A. prompted a city-wide celebration of the local, artistic, and walkable treasures of the city.

October 3, 2012 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Freeway Construction Was the Real Carmageddon for L.A.'s Communities

After a weekend in which Los Angeles successfully navigated the closure of one of its most clogged freeways once again, we look back at the disastrous effect that freeway construction had on L.A.'s communities during the middle of the last century.

October 1, 2012 - KCET Departures

Biggest Transportation Failures of 2011

Atlantic Cities offers a review of ten of the worst urban transportation failures to take place in American cities in 2011.

December 30, 2011 - Atlantic Cities

Making 'Carmageddon' a Weekend Habit

"Carmageddon" was a bust, yet for mass transit advocates it was an opportunity to build momentum toward a trend of more car-less days, the Los Angeles Times reports.

July 19, 2011 - Los Angeles Times

The Carmageddon Effect

Carmageddon failed to live up to the hype, as Los Angelenos opted to leave their cars in the garage. As the hysteria fades, Planetizen's Tim Halbur asks: is there a real story here about good transportation planning?

July 18, 2011 - Tim Halbur

More Lanes Means More Traffic

U. of Toronto economist Matthew Turner discusses his study that shows that building more traffic lanes attracts more traffic. Likewise, providing more transit may lure motorists out of their cars, but those motorists are replaced.

July 11, 2011 - NPR:All Things Considered

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