Honolulu was recently ranked the third worst city for traffic congestion in the nation but Tuesday evening’s traffic jam brought frustrations to new heights. As drivers heading westbound remained stuck for hours due to a broken ZipMobile, some took to Twitter to vent about #Zipnado aka #Carmageddon.
(We’re assuming the law against using your cell phone while driving doesn’t apply if you’re at a standstill.)*
— Luke Tucker (@luketucker) April 1, 2015
DOT estimates 4 hrs to get to Leeward. Thank god we have family watching our kids -don’t know how we would get them from daycare #HItraffic
— Matthew LoPresti (@DrMattLoPresti) April 1, 2015
So in a 1hr and a 1/2 my husband said he didn’t move 20 feet. Right in front of ward. Wtf? #hitraffic
— Re (@weeezyr) April 1, 2015
It took us over 3 HOURS to drive less than 3 miles downtown. SCREW #HITRAFFIC
— Sabrina Crouse (@sabcrouse) April 1, 2015
Some offered advice or sought it:
— Jason Genegabus (@PulseHNL) March 31, 2015
Nimitz is a parking lot anyone on Dillingham? Is it the same? Going west. #hitraffic
— Maria Bartolome (@mariab808) April 1, 2015
Others gave up:
Backtracked to Ward Center. Kids are hungry. We will never get home. #hitraffic
— Allison Higgins (@AllisonLHiggins) April 1, 2015
I gave up. Parked at Aloha Tower, told fiance to walk here from Iwilei. He will walk here much faster than I can drive there #hitraffic
— Paola Rodelas (@paopao619) April 1, 2015
— Gaylynn Nakamatsu (@GaylynnGabbie) April 1, 2015
Those trapped in traffic fantasized about alternatives:
I’m not wild about drones, but if there was a drone pizza delivery service I could get behind that right now. #HiTraffic
— Ellise Fujii (@ElliseFujii) April 1, 2015
That’s it. I’m buying a tent and a sleeping bag. #hitraffic
— Kim Yuen (@kyuen105) April 1, 2015
There should be complimentary #hitraffic stress management classes.
— Kim Yuen (@kyuen105) March 31, 2015
How about the mayor set up porta potties at Honolulu Hale, make parking free, invite food trucks over for people stuck in #hitraffic?
— Cynthia Christian (@sfcyn) April 1, 2015
— Tyler DST (@tylerdst) April 1, 2015
Here’s an idea to those stuck in #HiTraffic. Quit blaming the rail that did nothing and blame the person who didn’t maintain the Zip Mobile.
— Andrew Lee (@AndrewLeeHI) April 1, 2015
— Nicholas Augusta (@naugusta) April 1, 2015
This is what happens when you build build build, without making adjustments to roadways to support the population #hitraffic
— Michele Lee (@michele96744) April 1, 2015
But maybe it will bring more support for Bikeshare Hawaii:
— Radley Kanda (@RadKanda) April 1, 2015
*Update: We shouldn’t have been so quick to assume. Honolulu police ticketed at least 65 drivers for using their phones behind the wheel in the midst of Tuesday’s traffic crisis.