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.

September 15th, 2021 thoughts & takeaways:

  • I’ve included a new chart below that will update every evening that shows the last 7 day’s traffic broken down by time of day. The morning peak is still almost non-existent and nowhere near the pre-pandemic levels.

  • June, July, August were all 88 to 89% of normal conditions with no discernible bump after the return to school in early August.

  • Now that students are back on campus at UT, mircomobility trips have reached a new record high.

  • Airport passengers peaked back during the 4th of July Holiday. Since then, there has been a pretty steep drop off to March 2021 levels. The lack of business travel has really caused there to be a steeper drop off during the “shoulder” seasons of the late summer/early fall.

Past Thoughts & Takeaways

Live Updating Data (Daily at ~3AM Central):

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.

Note: Some micromobility trips data can take about a week to update, the most recent few days of data may not be representative of the actual count.

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.

Data sourced from the city of Austin open data portal.

Periodically Updated Data:

Last update: June 2nd, 2021

This repo merges both Google & Apple mobilty data into one file.

Austin Airport passengers through TSA checkpoints (updated Nov. 25th, 2021):

Credit to this repo who is crunching the numbers

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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Written on April 29, 2020