Diminished journey throughout COVID-19 constructive for atmosphere, but worsening inequity, transportation skilled says

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LAWRENCE — Keep-at-home orders issued world wide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have drastically lowered journey, in flip dropping gasoline consumption, lowering air pollution and affecting transportation. As folks stay dwelling and the vast majority of vehicular journey is business, oil costs have plummeted. Bradley Lane, a transportation coverage, habits and planning specialist, is on the market to debate the altering face of journey with media.

Lane, affiliate professor of public affairs & administration on the College of Kansas, can focus on falling oil costs, the lowered quantity of site visitors on the highway, lowered oil consumption, potential modifications to journey coverage, when journey may return to regular ranges, the affect of gasoline costs on journey habits and associated matters.

 “For transportation sustainability, COVID-19 is having important constructive impacts on the atmosphere, with important reductions in private car journey and complementary will increase in strolling and biking leading to reducing emissions and drastically lowered congestion,” Lane stated. “Nonetheless, the image isn’t that straightforward; there are adverse impacts for sustainability as nicely, within the type of considerably lowered financial exercise, and any time there may be an impression economically on journey, it disproportionately impacts lower-income and minority households, additional exacerbating inequity points. The long-term impact shall be tough to inform for a while and sure be extra complicated than we will at the moment perceive.”

Lane has studied city transportation and planning, perceptions, attitudes towards journey and electrical car utilization. He has additionally studied gasoline effectivity, what influences choices to journey, whether or not folks could be keen to make use of autonomous automobiles and the connection between gasoline costs and use of public transportation. He can focus on these matters and the way COVID-19 is affecting transportation now and what the long run ramifications could also be.

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To schedule an interview, contact Mike Krings at mkrings@ku.edu or @MikeKrings.

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