MassDOT said traffic volumes between March 29 and April 11, 2021 were down 5% to 14% from 2019 levels. In contrast, traffic levels in mid-April of 2020 — at the height of the pandemic — were down about 60% from 2019.
According to the data, there are certain spots with faster overall travel times and shorter peak periods since the start of the pandemic.
Those places include I-93 between the Braintree Split and the Mass Ave Connector, on I-93 north of the city between I-95/128 and the Zakim Bridge, on the Mass Pike between I-95/MA-128, and on US 1 between Copeland Circle in Revere and downtown Boston.
According to MassDOT, there were certain spots that saw major volume changes. On the Mass Pike, volumes have been between 13% and 41% lower than 2019 levels. All other highways saw volumes between 41% lower and 1% higher than they were in 2019.
MassDOT said not as many people are using the HOV Southeast Expressway Zipper Lane as they did before the pandemic.
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