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The Traffic Rebound Calculator

Estimate how a shift to single-occupancy vehicles will result in growing traffic congestion in your city, thanks to a tool from Vanderbilt University.

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Forebodingly referred to as “The Rebound” by four research experts at Vanderbilt University, the period of intense traffic congestion expected after cities lift restrictions could result in hundreds of dollars in annual expenses for every driver, and millions of dollars for every city. Enter The Rebound Calculator.

Want to see how your city might be impacted? Find instructions below the tool.

First, select a city using the drop down menu in the calculator. Here’s how the tool works:

  • Transit shift to SOV: Use this slider to see the impact of public transit users who may shift to driving a single-occupancy vehicle (SOV).
  • Carpool shift to SOV: Use this slider to see the impact of carpoolers who may shift to driving a single-occupancy vehicle.
  • Jobs lost: This is the percent of commuters who no longer travel to work because they are unemployed, eliminating their commute and reducing congestion.
  • Shift to remote work: This is the percent of commuters who no longer travel to work because they are working from home.

Still unclear about how the tool works or what you’re looking at? Get the full story in our deep-dive.

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And for more details about how the calculator was created, the researchers’ full methodology, and even more graphs and calculators to play with, see Vanderbilt University’s breakdown on GitHub.

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