Driving hits red light during coronavirus lockdowns
A woman waits for a bus on a nearly empty street in downtown Chicago on March 21. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images.
It’s not just mass transit: Car travel has also declined sharply amid the coronavirus lockdown.
By the numbers: Almost every major U.S. city last month saw a steep reduction in the number of miles traveled by car, compared to a benchmark in January, according to StreetsBlog.
- Los Angeles: ⬇️ 70%
- San Francisco: ⬇️ 83%
- Chicago: ⬇️ 67%
- Boston: ⬇️ 75%
- New York: ⬇️ 67%
- Washington, D.C.: ⬇️ 77%
Between the lines: D.C. and New York saw bigger drops earlier in March than many other cities.
Yes, but: Some parts of the country, particularly in the southeast, haven’t seen as big a drop. The number of miles traveled in Jacksonville, Florida, for example, is down by a comparatively small 46%.
The bottom line: When most of the country is being told to stay home, sure, you’d expect to see a lot less travel in all of its forms. But this is still encouraging data to suggest that most of us really are staying home, at least more often.