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Study: Traffic Will Be Worse after Lockdown Ends

Study: Traffic Will Be Worse after Lockdown Ends

Due to coronavirus fears, expect more people to purchase their own cars and rely less on public transit and ridesharing.

Autoweek.com
BY JAKE LINGEMAN
MAY 19, 2020

There are going to be a million studies on the coronavirus and its impacts in the years and decades to come, but we're already getting data about driving and public transit, and what it means going forward in terms of ridesharing, purchasing and traffic congestion.

Capgemini, “a global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation,” talked to more than 11,000 people in 11 countries and came up with some interesting data about our current and future habits around transportation. The Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg and Forbes also added to this data.

A month ago, traffic was down more than 50%, according to MS2, a transportation data agency. Last Friday, as people slowly started to venture out, traffic was down just 29%. In China, which has already eased restrictions on travel, traffic is actually higher than the 2019 average, according to Bloomberg. With the public’s skittishness about public transit, expect the same thing to happen here, especially in bigger cities where subways, trains and taxicabs are sometimes easier options... FULL ARTICLE

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