July 13, 2020 13:07
Rush-hour congestion has increased as more and more people drive to work in the safe bubble of their own car rather than risk exposure to coronavirus on public transportation.
Samsung Traffic Safety Research Institute analyzed traffic volume at 135 locations in Seoul and found that it stood at 9.65 million vehicles in May, up 6.1 percent compared to March, when the lockdown started.
Traffic volume at weekends jumped 10.7 percent. In the rush hour, traffic volume rose around two percent compared to December of 2019.
At the same time people avoided public transportation because they were either working from home or using their own cars.
The average daily usage of transit cards in the Seoul metropolitan area fell to 9.9 million in May from 13 million in December.
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