Virus Will Take Toll on State Transportation Revenue, Experts Say

Experts indicate the coronavirus pandemic will have a significant negative effect on state revenue, including funding that supports transportation projects.

Due to dozens of statewide stay-at-home orders, fewer people are out on the road, meaning fewer people are purchasing fuel and bolstering state fuel tax revenue. Data from Inrix Inc., a transportation analytics group, indicates that nationwide personal travel has dropped. Inrix data shows nationwide personal travel was down 20% the week beginning March 14. Nationwide personal travel was down 42% the week beginning March 21, according to Inrix.