L.A. Freeways = Epic Fail

Metro recently released a state-mandated report that looks at current transportation conditions in L.A. County. The document – called the congestion management plan – includes charts that show current freeway driving conditions in the county. Freeways were graded during the morning and evening rush hours with letter grades ranging from A – F (A being good and F being, not so good).

Level of Service Grade Chart

Surprise, surprise…. L.A. County freeways averaged a grade of E during your morning and evening commutes.

Here’s some stats from “The Source,” Metro’s blog.

Half of the freeway system operates at LOS E and F, the two most congested levels, in the morning and afternoon rush hours. Almost 20% of the arterial intersections operate at LOS E and F in the morning rush hours, and just over 20% of the intersections operate at LOS E and F in the afternoon.

AM Peak Hours Commute

PM Peak Hours Commute

Freeway monitoring data indicates a highly complex travel pattern for Los Angeles County, with many freeway segments experiencing congestion in both directions during the morning and afternoon rush hours. This differs from the traditional suburban to a central downtown commute patterns.

LA Traffic

Some Los Angeles County freeways experience heavy congestion in both directions during peak periods. These include:

• The Santa Monica Freeway (Route 10) between the East LA Interchange and the San Diego Freeway (Route 405);

• The Golden State Freeway (Route 5) between the Glendale Freeway (Route 2) and the Hollywood Freeway (Route 170).

• The Santa Ana Freeway (Route 5) between Lakewood Boulevard (Route 19) and the Orange County line.



Filed under Freeways, Los Angeles, Metro, Traffic, Transit

2 responses to “L.A. Freeways = Epic Fail

  1. rosa trieu

    I really like this article, jojo! Totally interesting subject, but I’m not sure what LOS stands for, although I can guess it stands for Los Angeles? I wish you could add a possible solution/suggestion or cite a source with possible solutions/suggestions..or even an example of a city’s freeway that handles peak hours traffic more intelligently..?

    • haha thanks rosa! LOS stands for level of service. It’s basically a letter grade that corresponds to differing traffic levels (A being no traffic, and F being basically a parking lot). The interesting thing is that transit also gets letter grades as well, but its completely unintuitive compared to freeway grades (A being a nearly empty train and F being a packed train). Thanks for the advice! I’ll take that into consideration for the next post!

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