On March 24, the American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Association has released new information that shows that trucks are continuing to move, and even faster than usual, to comply with the demands of the population caused by the ongoing pandemic.
“ATRI’s real-time GPS data comes from more than a million trucks, allowing us to analyze freight flows, and so far in March, what we are seeing is an unprecedented level of truck movement,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “Not only are trucks continuing to move, but they are doing so at speeds well in excess of normal traffic patterns.”
For instance, at the intersection of I-85 and I-285 in Atlanta rush hour truck speeds are normally less than 15 MPH because of the traffic. However, taking last week’s data, truck speeds averaged 53 MPH.
According to Brewster, the situation that is seen on the intersection of I-85 and I-285 is typical for what we have seen across the USA, particularly in the coronavirus most affected area.
Despite the fact that other traffic dissipates, Ukrtransport INC trucks continue to move, providing much-needed relief supplies to markets, hospitals, gas stations, and other essential businesses.
In a number of different states, the data is reporting almost identical changes.
In New York, along I-495 in Queens, the afternoon rush hour typically sees average truck speeds of 16 MPH. Truck speeds are now averaging 38 MPH.
In Los Angeles, at the intersection of I-710 and I-105, truck traffic speeds during highly congested morning rush hours are normally less than 25 MPH. Speeds have now more than doubled, averaging 53 MPH in the morning as Californians stay home but truck deliveries increase.
At the Byrne Interchange in Chicago, where I-290 intersects with I-90/I-94, morning truck speeds are now averaging 43 MPH, more than twice the typical morning rush hour speed of 20 MPH.
According to ATRI’s analysis, these consequences are explained by a few COVID-19 related reasons. First of all, it is the reduction in road traffic that provides an opportunity for trucks to operate at higher speeds. Secondly, it is the demand for 24/7 truck operations that generate higher average truck speeds.
All the analysis used by ATRI was received from GPS data of more than a million heavy-duty trucks. According to American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, this data is usually used to demonstrate the problems that occur on the highway system.
During the ongoing situation with COVID-19, Ukrtransport INC does not stop rapidly and safely deliver vital medical supplies, food, fuel and other crucial things to Americans when they need it most.