Summer vehicle travel projected to decrease this year

Summer vehicle travel projected to decrease this year

Traffic this summer will likely be lighter across Washington state than previous years.

A recent analysis by INRIX found that the Seattle metro and Washington state likely won’t see a return to normal traffic patterns in the coming months. As officials began implementing social distancing requirements this spring, and employers began enacting work from home policies, to fight the coronavirus pandemic, travel dropped significantly.

Despite increasing in recent weeks, traffic is still lower than it normally is this time of year across the country.

IHS Markit estimates that car travel will be three percent lower overall nationally. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects an 11 percent reduction in motor vehicle fuel consumption in the third quarter of 2020, compared to last year’s third quarter.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@seattleweekly.com.

More in News & Comment

Fire inflicted heavy damage to the second floor and roof of the 2-story apartment-and ground-floor retail building at 115 East Main Street beginning late on the night of Friday July 23 and continuing into early Saturday morning. The Valley Regional Fire Authority reports that all residents got out safely. Photo courtesy Auburn Police Department.
Fire sweeps downtown Auburn apartment building, all residents out safely

Firefighters had to rescue two residents from the roof of an apartment… Continue reading

Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance
Puget Sound renters will need housing assistance

Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Supreme Court rules officers can be compelled to testify about killings

In a joint lawsuit against King County, the Washington State Supreme Court… Continue reading

Stock photo
Face coverings again recommended for indoor public settings

Regardless of vaccination status, says Public Health – Seattle & King County

t
Firearm violence in King County on upward trend

King County prosecutors note a backlog in court cases, point to the pandemic as the reason why.

t
Kent-based Blue Origin completes its first human flight into space | Photos

Founder Jeff Bezos and three others launch, land safely aboard New Shepard in West Texas

infographic created by Coltura
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Researchers believe converting “gasoline superusers” is an important factor in meeting climate goals

Source: King County Medical Examiner’s Office
Drug overdose data shows an alarming trend in recent years

King County data indicates massive increase in fentanyl deaths from 2008 to 2020.

Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo
What is ranked-choice voting and why does it matter?

King County leaders discuss implementing a new system that aims to better reflect the will of voters

Most Read