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Report: Western New Yorkers taking fewer road trips people in than most cities this year

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Posted at 6:09 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 23:54:49-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — While people in other parts of the United States have been taking more and more road trips this summer because of COVID-19, the pandemic is causing people in Buffalo and New York as a whole to take fewer road trips.

In fact, a new report from the data analysis website, seoClarity, shows that drivers from the Buffalo area took the sixth-fewest road trips out of any large city in the country this summer.

That report looked into U.S. Bureau of Transportation data and found the number of road trips of 100 miles or more from the Buffalo area dropped about 6.1% from an average of 39,683 trips per day in 2019 to an average of 37,261 trips per day in 2020. Overall travel in the area this year is down about 32.5% from last year.

Statewide, long-distance road trips are down as well; New York is one of 10 states nationwide to see a drop in those trips. Currently, 28 states are listed on a travel advisory from the New York State Department of Health.

Nationwide, the number of long-distance road trips jumped 37.6%, while overall travel is down 32.7%. The biggest increases in long-distance road trips were seen in states in the Southeast and Mountain West.