How much was lost in sales tax receipts won't be known for awhile. But Supervisor Yaroslavsky's website team has pulled together a bunch of other insightful data points from the weekend closure of the 405 freeway. Selected harvesting:
Planned length of the closure: 53 hours. The actual length: 35 hours, 57 minutes on the southbound 405; 35 hours, 58 minutes on the northbound side.
The number of vehicles on the northbound 405 at Culver on July 9, the Saturday before Carmageddon: 131,516. The number of vehicles on the northbound 405 at that same location on Carmageddon Saturday: 45,483.
Estimated ridership increase on free Metro buses and subways: 15-20%.
Number of violent crimes reported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and LAPD on Saturday, July 9: 276. On Carmageddon Saturday: 260.
Number of traffic collisions handled by CHP countywide on July 9: 185. On Carmageddon Saturday: 136.
Number of people arrested by CHP on Saturday for trying to walk or bicycle on the closed area of the 405: 8.
Attendance at Los Angeles County beaches on Saturday, July 9: 922,950. On Carmageddon Saturday: 544,850.
Emergency room visits at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Carmageddon Saturday: 94. Average daily number of emergency room visits at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center: 121.
UCLA's hospitals also delivered more than twelve babies and transplanted two livers, a lung and a kidney during the weekend.
Also this: I was told unofficially that "Countdown to Carmageddon," the UCLA special report that KCET aired last week, drew about 175,000 viewers. The two-minute version has about 5,900 views on YouTube. The entire half-hour can still be seen here.