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Passenger vehicle travel rebounding to pre-pandemic levels

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-29 14:48:19-04

Americans may be rounding a corner in their response to the coronavirus pandemic. New data shows that the number of daily passenger vehicle trips recently reached their pre-pandemic levels for the first time in a year.

Data from the transportation analytics firm Inrix also shows that vehicle miles traveled have surpassed pre-pandemic levels nationwide and are getting closer to it in some of the largest cities.

Transportation researchers say vehicle travel can provide a strong indication of the direction of the economy because people often are driving to get to work, school, shopping, or heading out on vacation.