Like in any major city, Madrid is subject to intense traffic routines. According to municipal ‘Big Data,’ there has recently been a metamorphosis in Madrid’s traffic patterns, and the use of public transportation has regained pre-pandemic levels of frequency.
New traffic impulses have been observed, which did not exist in 2019, both on highways and in the urban environment. The Mobility Department, led by Borja Carabante, reports that the M-30 ring road is showing values more like those of 2019 (with a 3% decrease), and urban traffic is down by 10%.
It is also important to consider one of the determining factors in the change of peak hours: telecommuting, for example. In fact, peak hours from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM almost no longer exist as they did before. Furthermore, Friday has become the most chosen day for remote work, further reducing the intensity of weekly traffic.
Thanks to a municipal analysis, it has been possible to identify a 100% increase in public transportation usage in the capital, reaching pre-pandemic levels, especially in the last few months of 2023. By December 2022, a total of 373 million passengers had been reached, with a 95% recovery of demand. More precisely, this year has seen a record number of travelers, with 1.6 million on March 29th and nearly 900,000 on March 22nd.
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