Chart of Miles Traveled by Passengers in Car, Airplane and Train
At the onset of the pandemic, many consumers cancelled personal and business travel plans. Teleconferencing replaced business travel and social gatherings. Between February and May 2020, train and airplane travel declined 96 percent and 91 percent, respectively, while travel by car declined 27 percent.
The increase in traveling by car since April 2020 reflects the change of traveling by airplane or train with to allow for social distancing during trips, both personal and business.