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Good News About Lockdowns: Less Traffic Congestion for New York Commuters

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Wendell Cox lays of changes in traffic congestion in a  new report called New Geography . The good news. “Among 101 urban areas, the congestion level was 11% in 2020, a 62% drop from the 28% rate of 2019.” (A 28% score means the trip takes 28% longer than it would with no traffic.) This was the lowest congestion rate in at least 39 years.


The ten urban areas with the greatest congestion in 2019 saw a congestion reduction of almost 70%.

The bad news is there are cities like Seattle, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.. decimated by lockdowns, they have stores and businesses boarded up. An estimated one-third of these small firms will never come back.

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