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Some Canberrans are still working from home, but roads are busier than ever in parts of Gungahlin, Woden and Molonglo — a problem linked to commuters' reluctance to get back on buses and trams.
During last year's lockdown, traffic levels across the ACT collapsed.
But while some Canberrans are still working from home, roads are busier than ever in parts of Gungahlin, Woden and Molonglo.
The problem is linked to commuters' reluctance to get back on buses and trams.
Public transport use plunged in April last year, when workplaces across the city were shut down.
A year later, patronage was only 75 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels.
Transport Canberra says one in six bus and light rail passengers have not been back on board at all since the pandemic began.
The city's growing population has also added to congestion, though neither it nor public transport use explain all of the traffic changes.
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Where are Canberrans driving?
Traffic has almost doubled on Corinna Street next to the Woden plaza.(ABC News: Simon Beardsell
)In April this year, Canberrans were driving about as much as they were back in "normal times" two years earlier — just not in the same places.
Transport Canberra measured traffic at more than 200 sites across the city before, during and after the 2020 lockdown.
As expected, more cars are now travelling along roads where buses and light rail were once popular, and where suburbs are growing quickly.
But fewer people are driving to the town centres, and more Canberrans seem to be making short trips closer to where they live.
Transport Canberra suggested this was linked to people working from home.
"For example, Morshead Drive [traffic] remains incredibly low, possibly from fewer people accessing the airport and the significant workforce at Brindabella Business Park having not returned in its entirety," the agency said.
The worst-affected area is in the heart of Woden, on Corinna Street near the shopping plaza.
West-bound traffic on the relatively small street increased by 88 per cent, with a 52 per cent rise in cars going the other way.
In the Molonglo Valley just north of Denman Prospect, cars have crammed Coppins Crossing Road — traffic levels were up 62 per cent.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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