Ever since I got caught in the Cahuenga Pass when the Hollywood Bowl was exiting, I have striven to find alternative routes when returning to my apartment from evening events in the Valley (when the Bowl is in season). Similarly, I try not to drive up Highland (toward the Bowl) when heading out on evenings when I know there will be an event there.
In short, when the Bowl is in season, I search for alternative routes to the San Fernando Valley.
And so it is with all of us who live in LA. If we know there’s going to be traffic in a certain region at a certain time, we either avoid travel at that time or find an alternative route.
That is why the so-called Carmageddon was not the catastrophe that many forecast — and feared. People made alternative arrangements. The roads, as many of my friends reported, were no worse than on any other weekend (and in some cases, traffic flowered more smoothly.)
A friend experienced heavier-than-usual traffic on the Thursday before the alleged traffic nightmare. Perhaps that’s because people were running errands — or getting out of town — so they wouldn’t have to be on the road when portions of the 405 closed.
So maybe all the hype served its purpose. It kept us off the roads this past weekend.