Philly drivers lost more than 2 days to traffic in 2021
Philly drivers spent more than two days in traffic on average last year, according to new data from the TomTom Traffic Index.
- It gets worse. Drivers lost three days and three hours sitting in rush-hour traffic in 2021.
Yes, but: It's still less time wasted than before the pandemic. Congestion during the morning and evening rush hours last year dropped 13% compared to 2019.
What's happening: Philly's congestion level is creeping up to pre-pandemic levels. The city's overall congestion level last year — 22%— is just 2 percentage points down from 2019's.
- Philly ranks as the 10th most congested city in the nation and 195th globally.
Of note: Unfortunately, Philadelphia traffic-related fatalities spiked over 88% during the first year of the pandemic.
The big picture: The rise of remote work and flexible hours means fewer cars hitting the road, particularly during traditional peak times, Axios' Joanne Muller writes.
- Overall, congestion levels in North America were down 14% in 2021 compared to 2019.
- Some cities are seeing a new "late morning peak" around 11am, while others, including Philly, tracked an evening rush that starts as early as 3-4pm.
Between the lines: Pandemic-driven traffic changes depend on each city's COVID restrictions and characteristics of its workforce, TomTom data specialist Jeroen Brouwer tells Axios.
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