A new traffic study out of Washington D.C. shows that traffic and congestion have decreased in the nation’s capitol over 2020, to reach record lows.
D.C. saw one of the largest global reductions in automobile-related traffic and congestion, down 77% from its levels in 2019. This is in large part due to a lack of people flooding into the city during the pandemic, with D.C.’s population size increasing by as many as 1 million people during a typical work day.
Trips to downtown D.C. have seen the worst hit, with traffic in that sector down by 60%.
On average, traffic fell by about 50% for all major metropolitan areas during the COVID-19 pandemic as the result of social distancing and gathering limits.
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