Carmageddon Specials

Los Angeles is known for horrific traffic, but it’s going to get a 100 times worse as a major chunk of the 405 will be shutdown for 53 hours this weekend. The busy stretch between the 101 and the 10 will be under construction while expanding a very congested freeway. Read more about it in the LA Weekly. We are being warned to stay at home rather than fight through the gridlock from hell. For all you Angelenos, here’s 53 ways to survive without the 405. But for those adventurous souls, there are deals to be had.

Jet Blue $4 Special

Gotta give credit to Jet Blue for thinking of a brilliant marketing plan. For just $4, travelers can fly between Burbank and Long Beach. Needless to say these tickets were sold out almost immediately. For more details, on the deal you could have had, visit Jet Blue.

Free Metro Red Line

During the closure, riders can take advantage of the Metro Red Line for free. You can travel between Downtown LA and Hollywood. I love the Metro, but I don’t want to get smashed in like sardines, even though it’s free. Try the red line if you want to experience Metro riding like the Japanese. I’m assuming it will be packed like the rail system in Tokyo.

Final Thoughts

The media is building up the 405 closure like it’s the end of the world. The Mayor even has a special message just for the event. Here’s hoping all Angelenos survive the weekend. But when you get lemons, make the best of it and make lemonade. Check out these Carmageddon deals, be patient, and stay safe!

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20 Responses

  1. No Debt MBA says:

    Sounds like a good weekend to stay home if at all possible. Hopefully they finish the project on time….

  2. Money Beagle says:

    I don’t get why some people can’t just postpone whatever it is that would bring them to the 405 for another day. Obviously some things date-specific can’t be re-scheduled, but if your shopping, eating, beach, or social trip is what’s taking you out, can’t you just re-schedule?

  3. krantcents says:

    This is a great weekend (if you live in LA) to test out the Metro line or public transportation. Carmageddon has become the magnitude 10.0 earthquake according to the media. I plan on staying off the freeways.

  4. A note about the Tokyo metro: I hobbled onto it on crutches, and STILL couldn’t get a seat. Yep, it’s that crowded. (Of course, it didn’t matter, because everyone was packed in so tightly that there was no way I was going to fall over.)

  5. oooh thanks for the linkage! We almost didnt even write the article we were so tired of hearing about the over-covered fwy fiasco, but in the end gotta serve our wonderful lovely drunk+fat adventuring readers 😉

    • Buck Inspire says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks for compiling all the goodies. Awesome theme, lovely drunk and fat adventuring readers! Sign me up and good luck getting through Carmageddon!

  6. 101 Centavos says:

    Wow…. the Japanese are fascinating people. Everyone is so polite about it, and the “pushers” so considerate as to tuck coats into the doors.

    As for the 405, I agree with Money Beagle — just reschedule and stay home.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Funny, I thought the exact same thing. Guess we’re on the same wavelength. Tucking in the coats while wedging in bodies like sardines. Very thoughtful! Haven’t felt Carmageddon yet as I haven’t hit any major freeway yet.

  7. Niki says:

    That video is pretty amazing. I thought the same thing as far as it being a strangely polite pushing.

    Hope you have a nice weekend at home!

  8. I am so spoiled where I live NOT having to deal with Traffic. However once on the DC belt line, I sat in traffic for hours at 9pm-ish heading home to Baltimore. I was very pregnant and due in six weeks! I was so grateful that I did not need a bathroom.

  9. What a horrible situation? The people are really pushing each other and the guards are pushing people to fit in. I hope it won’t happen here. Thank you for the linkage! Jet Blue Special for $4 sounds great!

  10. Due to this year’s success, I heard that Mayor Villaragosa is planning on doing this again just for kicks.

    It’s funny how there was a group of friends who had dinner right in the middle of the 405 freeway during the closure – a few of the insane things people do.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      I didn’t feel a thing. A co-worker told me traffic was non existent. Guess people can pay attention. The work even ended early. Didn’t hear about dinner on the 405. That’s pretty ballsy, thanks for sharing!

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