Over the past several weeks, Los Angeles residents have been quivering with fear over the prospect of “Carmageddon,” the 53-hour closing of the 405 Freeway, a main travel hub for the city. Images of gridlock, dangerous driving conditions, and widespread panic flashed through the minds of city officials and residents alike, many of whom ended up heeding the warnings to stay home rather than brave the roads in an attempt to find a Carmageddon detour.
What Would You Do?
When asked what they would do if presented with a similar situation, 41% of Ask Your Target Market survey respondents said they would follow the city’s recommendation to stay home, and 59% said they would prefer to take a detour.
In cities other than Los Angeles, however, major highways might not impact daily travel quite as much. In AYTM.com’s survey, 27% of respondents said they rarely use major highways in their area, and 7% said they never use them.
26% of respondents said they do use major highways daily, 24% use them weekly, and 13% use them monthly.
Many people are now wondering whether Los Angeles residents might be able to cut down on driving day-to-day, after the relative success of Carmageddon. The public transportation system in LA saw a large spike in ridership during the shutdown of Freeway 405.
But public transportation, though it might be expanding in some areas, still doesn’t impact many daily commuters throughout the country. 78% of survey respondents said they never use public transportation to get to work, while 14% sometimes use it and only 6% always use it.
A Necessary Evil
Though construction projects do impact many travelers, most people agree that construction is a necessary evil; 62.7% of survey respondents said that construction projects are necessary for maintaining road and safety conditions. Only 23% of respondents said that construction projects impact their travel time on a daily basis, and 25% said that construction projects have caused them to be late for work or other appointments. 45% said construction projects do not have much impact on their daily lives.
Though this construction project seems to have been completed without too many scrapes and bruises, there’s no telling whether the next one will be as successful. Construction is a constant project that leaves many drivers frustrated and wondering when and how it will all end.
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