Since Rick Schuman noted in his last posting of the “INRIX U.S. National Traffic Volume” series before the holiday weekend (thanks Rick!), nationwide passenger travel has remained at its pre-COVID level, but has yet to meet its seasonally adjusted level of traffic. With COVID-19 lockdowns still in effect in most states and local jurisdictions, with some places rolling back or halting plans to move ahead to the next phase, we will begin to shift focus on Metropolitan Statistical Areas versus nationwide statistics, which will post regularly on Tuesdays.

That being said, since the Fourth of July was observed on a Friday, weekend travel was down overall in a large majority of states, as VMT grew in just five states. Nationwide VMT also backtracked about four percent from Week 16.


Metro Areas

Though 31 out of 50 states have met or surpassed their pre-COVID level of VMT, a rate of 62%, just 26% of Metro Areas analyzed have reached their target. Judging by “Bottom 10 Metro Areas” below, density, COVID testing, and a lack of activity around downtown cores are likely to be major factors,

Top 10 Metro Areas – VMT Bottom 10 Metro Areas – VMT
Mobile  AL 135% Miami  FL 67%
Knoxville  TN 124% Honolulu  HI 68%
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent  FL 121% McAllen-Edinburg-Mission  TX 69%
Portland-South Portland-Biddef  ME 119% Orlando  FL 71%
Colorado Springs  CO 115% San Francisco  CA 72%
Spokane  WA 113% Phoenix  AZ 72%
Hampton Roads  VA 111% Tucson  AZ 75%
Chattanooga  TN-GA 111% Lakeland  FL 76%
Toledo  OH 111% Austin  TX 78%
Lexington-Fayette  KY 109% Los Angeles  CA 78%


INRIX will take a much more in-depth look at interesting findings around Metropolitan Areas in our Tuesday analysis. SUBSCRIBE BELOW!