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The Week in Transportation

SELECTED TRANSPORTATION MEASURES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Compiled by BTS and updated weekly by Tuesday afternoon.
Data last updated 8/11/2020.

Graph showing the up and down trend of people staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic     Graph showing the up and dopwn trend of people not staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic     graphic showing the increase in the number of trips less than a mile people are making

graphic showing the slow, but steady increase in the number of trips people are making during the COVID-19 pandemic     graphic showing the upward trend in number of trips 25-100 miles people are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic     graphic showing the upward trend in long trips taken during the COVID-19 pandemic

Graphic showing the number of commercial flights against last week and same day last year     Graphic showing the 5-week-trend in commercial flights against a baseline of last year and a low point of April 25

Graphic showing the number of people screened by T.S.A. at airports against the number from last week and last year     graphic showing the 5-week trend in people being screened at airports by T.S.A. against a baseline of last year and against a low water mark

Graphic showing SPOT market rates for dry van transport against last week and last year     Chart indicating rail carloads are down from last year, but intermodal loads are up    Chart indicating maritime activity is down from last year

graphic showing the volume of vehicle traffic crossing into the U.S. from Canada against last week and two weeks prior     graphic showing the volume of vehicle traffic from Mexico into the U.S. compared to last week and two weeks prior     Number of trucks crossing into Canada near Niagara Falls is up from last week and up from 2 weeks ago

         BART ridership is up from the previous week and down 89% from its budgeted target for the week

Notes 

These selected measures are provisional indicators of transportation activity and have not been reviewed for representativeness or other aspects of statistical quality. Additional measures will be added as they become available.

  • People Staying Home, Traveling, Trips by Distance: These data are experimental and may not meet all of our quality standards.  Experimental data products are created using new data sources or methodologies that benefit data users in the absence of other relevant products. We are seeking feedback from data users and stakeholders on the quality and usefulness of these new products. Experimental data products that meet our quality standards and demonstrate sufficient user demand may enter regular production if resources permit.
    The baseline for these measures is the same day of the same week last year. A trip is considered a movement that includes at least 1 stay of longer than 10 minutes at an anonymized location away from home. High and Low Points consider dates thus far in calendar year 2020. For more information, and to download the data or access the API, please visit our Daily Travel page.
  • Commercial Flights: The baseline is the same week last year. The low point of 7,062 flights operated occurred on 4/25/2020.
  • People Screened at Airports: The baseline is the same week last year. The low point of 88,000 passengers screened occurred on 4/14/2020.
  • MTA: Data reported on a weekly basis from Saturday to Friday. These are adjusted numbers which are obtained by normalizing only the outliers using historical trends. This adjustment affected less than 0.7% of the data.
  • WMATA: Data for 2020 is PRELIMINARY. Ridership is compared to the equivalent calendar day in 2019.
  • BART: Ridership is compared to projected ridership, based on pre-pandemic BART budgeting, for the same period.

Sources 

Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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