Rush hour looks different amid coronavirus outbreak

Traffic on Long Island and on the MTA bridge and tunnels linking it to Manhattan has evaporated in recent weeks as the state has ramped up social distancing orders to combat the new coronavirus.

“It’s precipitating a financial crisis for the MTA,” Jeff Zupan, a transportation planner at the Regional Plan Association, said of the pandemic.

Zupan said global events have triggered large traffic drops in the past, such as the oil crisis of the 1970s. But no decline that he could recall has been this steep, he said.

“Not to this extent,” he said. “Traffic is way down.”

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