Data shows traffic has declined for fourth consecutive week in U.S.

April 16, 2020

As more people stay at home in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic under stay-at-home orders implemented across the country, new data from INRIX shows travel has declined for the fourth consecutive week in a row.

According to the latest INRIX report, the week of April 4-10 saw personal travel was down 48% vs. 47% in the previous week, with work-week totals nearly identical. Long haul truck travel was down 9.6% vs. 6.4% in the previous week. And local area commercial travel was down 16% vs. 11% two weeks prior.

Some of the state and city leaders in travel decline include Hawaii, which is down 61% for statewide personal travel; Michigan, which is down 33% for statewide long haul truck travel; and New York City, which is down 63% for metro area personal travel.

INRIX says its incoming data sources provides anonymous speed/location reporting in real-time and generates over 100 million trips, traveling over 1 billion total miles per day across the U.S. The INRIX Fleet provides information about all roads in the national network, not just major roads, and spans the full range of vehicle types: consumer vehicles, local fleets, long haul trucks.

The transportation data company says it has repurposed its INRIX Trips metadata to generate relevant summary level information about traffic demand.

"In this extraordinary time, we hope that this information will be useful to policy makers and the public," INRIX said in a blog post. "We look forward to the week, hopefully soon, when we can report on congestion and volume growth—as this will be a sure sign of recovery."

More details from the study can be found on the INRIX website.