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.
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:
Daily traffic volumes counted using video cameras at intersections in Austin:
Weekly % change of traffic volumes:
Austin Airport passengers through TSA checkpoints (updated June 6th):
National/Austin daily traffic comparison:
Daily average speed counted using video cameras at intersections in Austin:
Daily shared micromobility trips (dockless scooters, bicycles) in Austin:
Daily traffic incidents reported to Austin Fire/PD:
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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