Easy Riders? Congestion Eases As COVID-19 Keeps Commuters Off The Roads

As Petula Clark’s 1964 hit single “Downtown” suggests, “When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go downtown.” Problem is, fewer people “listen to the music of the traffic in the city” these days. Central city travel in major U.S. metropolitan areas is down by an average 22 percent due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the 2021 Global Traffic Scorecard just released by the connected car services company INRIX in Kirkland, WA, Americans wasted an average of 36 hours last year due to highway congestion, though that’s considerably lower than 2019’s pre-pandemic 97 hours sitting in traffic. The Scorecard is based on a study

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