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Factor 6 refers to other COVID-19 encouraged or caused
changes that influence travel. This includes the prospect for changes
in auto availability based on anecdotal data on household vehicle
additions that enable personal vehicle travel during COVID-19,
and changes in the geographic and temporal travel patterns.
These changes include residential moves, often to suburban or
other areas perceived to provide greater safety or more affordable
space to enable work-at-home activities. Other changes include
different destination choices as office space, retail space, and
other activities relocate, often in response to market adjustments
influenced by COVID-19. The pandemic has resulted in a flattening
of peak-period travel. The ability to carry out activities via communications has led to greater flexibility in work engagement including
less peak travel as a result of full-time telecommuters, as well as
flexible work hours as individuals mix at-home and in-office work
during the day and across the days of the week.
The collective consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the
transition to a new normal for transportation will leave the transportation profession with numerous challenges in the months and
years ahead. Four of those challenges are touched on in remainder
of this paper.

Transportation Planning after COVID-19
COVID-19 provides a strong argument for updating transportation planning processes and methods. Virtually every step in the
planning process-the identification of goals to the assessment
of needs, collection of data and information, generation of ideas
and options, etc.-will all benefit from a review. For example,
post-pandemic planning goals may add integrating flexibility and
adaptability, increasing resilience, enhancing accessibility, and
supporting equity aspirations. Planners and policymakers will have
a host of challenging questions and tasks to address as they rethink
transportation planning post-COVID-19.
ƒ	 Planning data needs to be updated to include 2019 base
year data, new data that reflects post-COVID-19 conditions
and trends, and embraces new considerations reflective
of post-COVID-19 priorities. COVID-19 reinforces the
desire to have data collected more frequently, delivered
more expeditiously, and provided with more geographic
precision/specificity.
ƒ	 Forecasting models need to be recalibrated to reflect the
emerging importance of communication as a substitute for
travel and altered travel behaviors resulting from the pandemic.

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