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Old 09-09-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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Is it really the busiest? I've always thought I-5 was or the 101 through downtown. Always assumed the 405 just receives more press cause that's where the wealthy live but wasn't the busiest in terms of numbers.
I think the 5 just seems busier because it funnels to two lanes near the 10 fwy in East LA.
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:44 AM
 
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I think the 5 just seems busier because it funnels to two lanes near the 10 fwy in East LA.
Not just that stretch but it's the main artery through CA. Usually jammed, or at least busy, from Valencia through San Diego. Not sure how they measure but, I just don't buy that 405 is busier. I think someones fibbing. Both the 101 through Hollywood and the 5 are worse.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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Another "study:"

I-405 Remains America’s Busiest Parking Lot, Study Finds - Government- Idlecar, CA DogPatch
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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And thus the reason Metro's currently studying a potential rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. Not so much lightening the 405 traffic but just having another option available to travel from the Valley to the Westside.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The problem with the 405 (from the 105 through the Sepulveda Pass) is that it's usually completely jammed at all times. The 5 and the 101 aren't usually too bad outside of rush hour. It seems like the 405 is filled with commuters during the week and filled with tourists and beachgoers on the weekend, so the traffic never lets up.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:30 AM
 
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The problem with the 405 (from the 105 through the Sepulveda Pass) is that it's usually completely jammed at all times. The 5 and the 101 aren't usually too bad outside of rush hour. It seems like the 405 is filled with commuters during the week and filled with tourists and beachgoers on the weekend, so the traffic never lets up.
I think the 405 is just being sensationalized. Kind of like "carmageddon" that was all hype. True, Westsiders, might use the 405 to access Santa Monica and Malibu but, the 5 freeway runs through the middle of LA County and is used to access tourist spots like Dodgers Stadium, Magic Mountain, Disney, Knotts, Medieval Times, San Diego, OC, and all their beaches. I've driven it on weekends from San Diego to Dodgers stadium and it can be stop n go all the way. In fact, people from Long Beach to Seal Beach prefer to use the 405 to norcal because it is faster than most other freeways.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I've lived in LA my whole life. It's funny how the 405 got really terrible just in the last 10-15 years. I don't remember it being so bad in the late 80's or early 90's. It was somewhat normal, meaning there were actual "rush hours". Now it seems to be a continuous rush hour.

I remember in the 90's, lol, it use to take about an hour to get from west la to anaheim or out near pasadena or pomona. The traffic patterns seemed very different. The 405 has turned into a gigantic parking lot.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:53 AM
 
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I just call it the '4 No Drive' freeway.
It's called the 4-0-5 because it takes 4 or 5 hours to get anywhere or you average 4 or 5 MPH.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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It's called the 4-0-5 because it takes 4 or 5 hours to get anywhere or you average 4 or 5 MPH.
I think that joke has been posted on this board 4 o' 5 hundred times.
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Old 09-17-2013, 03:19 PM
 
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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Yeah, I lived in SoCal (80's to late 2000's) and attended UCLA in the 80's. I could commute from UCLA up to Pasadena via 405 and it was maybe 40-45 minutes in the 80's, during rush hour. It has gotten so busy.

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I've lived in LA my whole life. It's funny how the 405 got really terrible just in the last 10-15 years. I don't remember it being so bad in the late 80's or early 90's. It was somewhat normal, meaning there were actual "rush hours". Now it seems to be a continuous rush hour.

I remember in the 90's, lol, it use to take about an hour to get from west la to anaheim or out near pasadena or pomona. The traffic patterns seemed very different. The 405 has turned into a gigantic parking lot.
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