Megaregional Traffic Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of Activity Restriction

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented levels of disruption to countries throughout the world. In the United States, governmental directives varied over time, beginning with voluntary stay-at-home requests and restrictions on large public gatherings, then, later, virtual statewide lock down quarantines. However, travel in various forms continued throughout the country. Most notable of these were activities deemed essential for the public good, such as for people to access food, medical care, and other basic life necessities for public health, welfare, and safety. While the ultimate intent of these restrictions, to slow the progression of the virus and limit fatalities, will take time to assess, other effects of travel and social interaction restriction can already be studied. Therefore, this study seeks to assess people interaction and social behavior using travel data at a megaregional level during COVID-19 pandemic which could be useful for operational and strategic planning of recovery efforts and for dealing with future pandemics.

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $70000
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747135

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2)

      University of Texas at Austin
      Austin, TX  United States  78712
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wolshon, Brian

    • Start Date: 20210901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20221130
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01781663
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM2)
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747135
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 16 2021 4:43PM