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Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 | Special Event with Coast-to-Coast Traffic Congestion


The article discusses the impact of the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse on traffic across the United States, emphasizing the challenges faced by transportation agencies due to the massive influx of eclipse watchers. It details the traffic congestion experienced, the planning difficulties for such a rare event, and the lessons learned to better prepare for future eclipses, particularly the next one on April 8, 2024. The narrative highlights the necessity of early planning, effective communication, and the anticipation of large crowds to mitigate traffic issues during such significant events.

Operations Area of Practice

    Planning for Operations
    Planned Special Events Traffic Management

Organizational Capability Element

    Planned Special Event Management

Content Type

Case Studies & Lessons Learned

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