With Houston having a mandatory home / work arrangement until at least April 30th, it’s no surprise that the city has less traffic. But how significant is the change?
CultureMap’s news partner, ABC13, gathered data from Houston Transtar and compared traffic before and during the pandemic.
For the study, Houston Transtar measured the number of cars using a radar location on I-10 / Katy Freeway and Voss. Compared to that time last year, the number of cars passing through this place in a 24-hour period is roughly 50 percent lower.
Looking at the daily data, 108,881 cars were on the road within 24 hours on March 25, 2019.
In stark comparison: on March 25, 2020 there were only 39,022.
During the morning rush hours from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., traffic decreased by 39 percent, and during the busiest evening rush hours, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., it fell by 47 percent.
Transtar also looked at the speed data on our highways. No wonder fewer cars mean faster speeds.
Measurements on I-45 North show the average entry speed at about 64 miles per hour, an increase of 121 percent. Entry speed on the Gulf Freeway increased 77 percent and on the Southwest Freeway increased 105 percent.
This article originally appeared on ABC13.