Data shows exactly how much highway speeds in 25 major metropolitan areas have shot up since coronavirus lockdowns began
- Travel speeds across the US have skyrocketed as traffic has virtually disappeared due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from analytics firm Inrix.
- Between late February and early April, commute speeds increased significantly across 25 metropolitan areas studied by Inrix.
- San Francisco and Los Angeles both saw a roughly 60% jump in highway and expressway speeds during evening rush hour.
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Travel speeds on major US roadways have risen sharply as the coronavirus pandemic and related lockdowns have forced would-be commuters to stay home. Roads are so empty, in fact, that areas like San Francisco and Los Angeles have seen a roughly 60% jump in highway speeds during evening rush hour.
That’s according to Inrix, a Kirkland, Washington-based analytics firm that recently studied just how fast drivers are going now that the roads are theirs and theirs alone. Inrix analyzed travel speeds on highways and expressways in 25 metropolitan areas, comparing morning and evening rush-hour speeds during the week of April 6 to rush-hour speeds during a control week in late February, before things got really bad in the US.
Across the board, travel speeds during typical morning and evening commute times were …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]