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Planning for the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse


The article highlights lessons from the 2017 total solar eclipse to improve traffic management for the 2024 eclipse. It notes that around 5 million people traveled to view the eclipse, mostly by car, leading to significant traffic congestion on interstates and rural routes. Efforts were made to minimize construction-related lane closures, and clear skies facilitated high turnout. The analysis underscores the challenges in forecasting traffic demand and the importance of preparing for high visitor volumes and vehicle traffic for future eclipses, especially given the expected increase in interest for the 2024 event.

Operations Area of Practice

    Planned Special Events Traffic Management

Organizational Capability Element

    Active Traffic Management/Travel Demand Management/Pricing
    Planned Special Event Management

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Case Studies & Lessons Learned

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