Measuring COVID-19

A post dedicated to measuring the impact and recovery of COVID-19 in the Austin area.

I will update these charts periodically with new data. Last update: July 6th


July 6th thoughts & takeaways:

  • Over last week, the traffic volume decreased 2.4%.

  • The 4th of July looks more like a regular Sunday and it follows what we saw on Memorial Day. Only about 1% higher than the volume seen on Memorial Day.

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  • Since Memorial Day wasn’t particularly great for social distancing and staying at home, I’d say this isn’t great news for keeping cases down.

  • I’ve been diving deep into that TSA data because I thought it was an interesting way to compare when cities locked down and how the virus is spreading. Here’s a chart showing the relative difference in passengers through TSA checkpoints for a few airports I’m interested in:

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Past Thoughts & Takeaways


Daily traffic volumes counted using video cameras at intersections in Austin:

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.


Weekly % change of traffic volumes:

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.


Austin Airport passengers through TSA checkpoints (updated June 6th):

TSA updates this data periodically.


National/Austin daily traffic comparison:

Intersection data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.

USA mobility data from Apple.


Daily average speed counted using video cameras at intersections in Austin:

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.


Daily shared micromobility trips (dockless scooters, bicycles) in Austin:

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.


Daily traffic incidents reported to Austin Fire/PD:

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.


Austin travel times post-COVID

Comparing to this time last year, these Austin corridors have seen a 30% reduction in travel time. This works out to being a 94% reduction in congestion for only 40-50% decrease in volume. For details, check out this full post on it here. Working with this bluetooth data from the publicly available open data portal was a lot of work so give it some love.


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Charlie

Written on April 29, 2020