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L.I. Traffic Rises, Public Transit Ridership Dips

Jason DeCrow
Highways are no longer deserted after New York relaxes stay-at-home orders.

Traffic on Long Island has returned to pre-pandemic levels.

The New York State Department of Transportation says the number of vehicles on the road dropped by 50-percent after Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the stay-at-home mandate in March.

Regional planning experts attribute the current increase in traffic to the reopening of schools and businesses. Low ridership on the Long Island Railroad is another factor.

Transportation planners say that if people do not return to public transit, traffic on Long Island will only get worse.