American drivers lost just 26 hours in traffic in 2020, down from 99 hours in 2019, according to a new report.
The 2020 Global Traffic Scorecard, published by INRIX Inc, which provides mobility analytics and connected car services, identified and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 1,000 cities, across 50 countries during a year that brought economic and social disruption due to Covid-19.
Nationally, drivers in the US saved more than 3.4 billion hours, resulting in $51 billion in time savings compared to the previous year, according to the report.
“Covid-19 has completely transformed when, where and how people move,” said Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX.
“Government restrictions and the continued spread of the virus led to shifts in travel behavior seemingly overnight.”
Drivers in New York still lost 100 hours due to traffic congestion followed by Philadelphia at 94 hours and Chicago at 86 hours despite a 28 percent to 40 percent drop from 2019.
Washington DC saw the largest change in congestion where delay fell 77 percent from 2019 to 29 hours.