Covid-19 Fears Spur More Cars on Roads, Threatening Air Quality


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a diminished use of public transportation across the U.S. and it has some officials worried about increased dangerous new levels of air pollution because more cars are on the streets and highways.

More cars on the roads in congested urban centers like New York City—the virus epicenter in the spring—Washington, San Francisco, and Philadelphia means more emissions of smog-forming pollutants and poorer air quality. That could cause some cities to miss federal standards for ground-level ozone, which in turn could mean losing federal highway dollars at a time of already declining local revenues.

Click here to read Bloomberg Law’s article.