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: September 22nd
September 22nd thoughts & takeaways:
It’s that time of year where the intersection volumes data goes haywire due to some cold fronts and weather. I assume the city just loses communications with the devices for a period of time. I’ve gone back and filled in the missing data using an intersection average % of the day’s total.
Obviously this isn’t perfect and now I am showing August 28th as a record high traffic day (since March 13). A peak before the Labor Day weekend is now pretty clear as well. This was followed by two weeks of decreasing volumes.
The Governor’s re-opening plan continued again the past week. This opened restaurants to 75% capacity among other things, however this is definitely not getting the media coverage his “phase 1 re-opening” did back on May 1st. I’ll say it again, until in-person school returns we probably won’t see any significant increase in traffic volumes.
Last weekend we saw over 14,000 micromobility trips for the first time since March 6th. The city is classifying all of the vehicles as “scooters” in the data they publish since JUMP e-bikes were removed back in March. The city seems to not include Revel mopeds in this dataset and classifies the Wheels e-bikes as “sit down scooters”.
Daily traffic volumes counted using video cameras at intersections in Austin:
Weekly % change of traffic volumes:
Monthly trip location trends data in Travis County:
Austin Airport passengers through TSA checkpoints (updated September 1st):
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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