How will COVID-19 change our world?

Virtually overnight, a large fraction of U.S. households has transitioned from a reality of long commutes to telecommuting, from in-person to online classes and business meetings, and from in-store to online shopping – even for groceries. Many of these changes were happening already, but COVID-19 has pressed the fast-forward button. After the threat of contagion is gone, to what extent will American society “go back” to our pre-COVID-19 way of life? Knowing the answer to this question is critical for making good business and policy decisions. We are conducting a national survey with the goal of gathering real data to begin to understand what the future may hold.

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COVID Future team to present at TRB conference in January 2022

We are pleased to announce that research from the COVID Future team has been accepted to the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January. The following research will be presented at the conference: Expected Change in U.S. Air Travel After the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sara Khoeini et al.* Observed and Expected Impacts of COVID-19 … Continue reading COVID Future team to present at TRB conference in January 2022

Moving during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many Americans have moved during the pandemic. We present findings from the COVID Future survey exploring the who, where, and why of relocations that occurred during the pandemic. We also address the popular narrative that Americans are undergoing an “urban exodus” and fleeing cities.

Buying and Selling Vehicles in a Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people bought or sold a vehicle. Here we set out to see who exactly was buying, selling, or both during the pandemic, and explain some of the trends as they relate to occupation, moving, income, and travel.

This survey is a joint project of Arizona State University and the University of Illinois Chicago with support from the National Science Foundation.