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REIMAGINING TRANSPORTATION POLICY DURING AND AFTER COVID-19

September 23, 2020

Transportation policy must adapt to the new reality that more people will be working from home in the aftermath of COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 pandemic personal driving declined in the United States by 40 percent and mass transit ridership fell by approximately  84 percent. decline in transit ridership. As increasing numbers of people work from home even after the Coronavirus lockdowns have passed, transportation policy will have to adapt to new realities.

"Before the pandemic, about 5 percent of workers worked at home and 5 percent took transit to work." According to this paper, a one percentage point increase in the number of people working at home will result in a 2 percent decline in transit ridership. 

Author
Randal O’Toole is a Cato Institute Senior Fellow working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues.
rotoole@cato.org @@antiplanner