Working from home a major factor in post-pandemic traffic

Working from home a major factor in post-pandemic traffic: Once the COVID pandemic situation comes to normal, all vehicles run on roads again we back to the same situations like rush hours and congestions on roads, it will be stapled on U.S roads from past years.

Particularly during this pandemic, we are seeing fewer vehicles on the roads. This will benefit Truck drivers, then they will be running more miles and more money.  In the past days some traffic jams in urban areas mostly at Midwest. Even those some busy areas like Metro D.C still we are experiencing fewer traffic levels in these pandemic days.

According to Geotab, the fleet telematics provider in the US, they monitor the transportation and trade activities in this COVID -pandemic. As per their information, commercial trucks have profited from condensed passenger traffics on roads. According to Inrix Trip Trends, In U. S roads traffic has increased compared to spring season traffic has increased in summer. It still below the normalized pandemic rate. At the time of shutdown are implemented for the first time across the country passenger vehicles are lower rates than before Mid -March.

Perhaps the traffic levels return to normal rush hours once the pandemic subside. But it may rest on one major factor: People working from home.

The author of Commuting in America series, Alan Pisarski, said that How COVID -19 effected on trends and what kind of approaches need to evaluate to came back to before trends. He asked These trends are supported to conflict with the pandemic situations.

Alan Pisarski explained declining trends.  Carpooling is one long term trend and it has been going down for a very long time.

Transit is one long term trend it was also declining, when compared to carpooling Transit was declining form the last 5 years. This pandemic was majorly heightening what decline transit has been seeing already.

Due to this pandemic situation, most of the people are continuing to work from home and even more join their ranks could move the traffic needle.COVID-19 supports that trend working from home is the only mode of transportations.

“Working at home now is 5.3%, if you will, of work travel,” he added. “In 2017, it passed transit usage for the first time. The potential for dramatic influence on traffic is certainly from working at home.”

He also said that carpooling is about 9% of travel and also working from home could surpass that.

“We’re probably going to see people working at home two, three days a week, and having an office to go to two or three days a week,” Pisarski said. “That’s going to make it a little tricky to give a prognostication, but I’d have to say [traffic congestion] on the whole will be better.”

“You’re also going to see greater shifts to working at home in the financial industry, and in investment jobs where people can work at home. Younger workers, in particular, have a much greater acceptance of the whole notion of operating through the medium of the internet,” said Pisarski.

“I think people in places like Austin that are high tech, will be able to work from home,” he said. “Also, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. New York and Boston, I think will see much more work at home situations. Los Angeles is much less clear. The Midwest is going to be a lot more difficult to work from home because things are more factory oriented.”

“My son has a good buddy who drives a tractor-trailer, and he’s been telling us how good life is [because of lower traffic], but he’s getting nervous about what the future holds,” Pisarski said.

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