Changing daily life during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has changed lives in many ways. Based on early data from our COVID-19 survey, it appears that these changes are not all bad. People are enjoying family time, cooking, and more. They are also transitioning to telecommuting and changing their preferred modes of travel, trends that are expected to stick around in the long term. Overall, the majority of people indicate they may want some aspects of life under the pandemic to continue even after COVID-19 is gone.

COVID Future project featured at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Virtual Symposium

COVID Future project co-leader Deborah Salon presented top-line transportation results yesterday at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead virtual symposium: Not “Back to Normal:”¬†Mapping a Just Transportation Recovery from COVID-19. She reported that many workers are enjoying remote work, and over 40% expect to continue working from home at least some of the time even after the pandemic … Continue reading COVID Future project featured at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Virtual Symposium

The future of urban life and transportation after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on our daily lives even after the virus itself is less of a threat. Our comprehensive survey of Chicagoans shows implications for how people will work and travel, and how governments should handle future pandemics. A need for flexible, effective policies that address both health concerns and social needs such as equity and environmentalism are strongly recommended.

Individual attitudes and the COVID-19 response

Attitudes are increasingly recognized as important predictors for behavior. Our survey used a series of 39 questions to sort respondents into five personality types. We find that preferences for suburban living and in-person interaction, as well as one’s level of concern for COVID-19, are important predictors of post-pandemic behavior. An understanding of these attitudes is critical to the COVID-19 response.

COVID Future Project Featured at Recent Virtual Transportation Conference

COVID Future project co-leader Abolfazl (Kouros) Mohammadian spearheaded the organization of a full 2-days of presentations on the topic of COVID and transport at the recent virtual “Bridging Transport Researchers” transportation conference. Many other team members also presented work and/or moderated sessions. Recordings of all of the presentations are available on YouTube, with direct links … Continue reading COVID Future Project Featured at Recent Virtual Transportation Conference

The student experience with COVID-19

Universities are at a crossroads as they prepare for the fall semester. While the COVID-19 response of the spring 2020 semester was received poorly by students, universities have the opportunity to improve upon these changes in the coming year. Keys to student satisfaction will include establishing open lines of communication between students and professors, and creating engaging classes.

COVID-19’s impact on online shopping and deliveries

COVID-19 has necessitated a transition from in-person to online shopping for groceries, retail, and restaurant meals. We find that the popularity of online shopping is overall likely to persist past the pandemic, but restaurants are unlikely to see the takeout or dine-in patronage necessary to survive the pandemic untouched. There is a wide variety in how popular different types of online shopping (e.g. groceries and non-groceries) are expected to be in the future.

COVID-19’s effect on daily travel

Preliminary results indicate that COVID-19 will have lasting effects on our day-to-day travel. Transit in particular has experienced the biggest decrease in usage during the pandemic, but motorized travel is generally expected to become less popular in the long term. Meanwhile, biking and walking are expected to become increasingly prevalent as substitutes for car and transit trips.