Honolulu Traffic Jam: 'A Perfect Storm Of Everything Falling Apart'

It was the perfect storm. At 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, a short-circuit within one of the state’s two ZipMobiles brought the traffic-management vehicle to a halt, making it impossible to continue lifting up the line of connected concrete blocks that divert traffic during rush hour.l

State officials conferred with the ZipMobile’s manufacturer about the broken central processing unit. Should they spend an hour driving the second ZipMobile out to Waikele, or simply take its CPU and insert it in the broken machine?

They decided to do the latter. And what followed was a comedy of errors that forced many Honolulu commuters to sit in traffic for as long as five hours on Tuesday evening, earning the Twitter hashtags #Zipnado and #Carmageddon.

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