NBC Chicago recently reported on the current state of traffic volumes in Chicago, confirming that “traffic has returned to pre-pandemic levels in Chicago, creating familiar headaches for commuters on the city's busiest streets and expressways".
Together with iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic & Weather Network, NBC Chicago used traffic intelligence from Iteris' TrafficCarma Mobility Trends, which provides insights and a daily update of changes in traffic volume and congestion across major U.S. markets, to show that: "At certain times of the day, the number of drivers on the road has gone up significantly compared to before the pandemic."
Comparing weekly overall vehicle volume to a pre-COVID baseline – the week of Feb. 10 to 23 of 2020 – Iteris’ TrafficCarma Mobility Trends found that during the late morning hours, 10 a.m. to noon, vehicle volumes rose as much as 31% compared with before the pandemic.
Despite dipping in early August, by the week of August 23, traffic volumes during the 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. time periods slightly surpassed pre-pandemic levels. During the last week of the month, the volumes increased yet again, with the 9 a.m. hour experiencing the highest rise, at 16%.
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About the Author:
David Sadeghi is director, digital marketing at Iteris.