As Lockdown Orders Lift, Can Cities Prevent A Traffic Catastrophe?

Posted by on May 27, 2020 5:01 am
Categories: US National Stories

The city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first began to spread, is pictured on May 14. Many Chinese cities have seen rush hour traffic return to pre-pandemic levels — or worse — after reopening, according to traffic data company TomTom. Cities around the world are trying to figure out how to avoid disastrous gridlock as residents resume travel while avoiding public transit.

As businesses reopen, many city dwellers worry about the risks of public transit. Cities are trying to figure out how to safeguard public health, keep people moving, and avoid a gridlock nightmare.

(Image credit: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)

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