I saw an interesting report (see below) on the ABC News tonight saying that raods are less congested during this recession. If people are not working, they are not getting into their cars and driving to work. Many people telecommute these days and work from home using the Internet. When there are less goods being bought and sold there are less trucks on the road making deliveries.
I have not driven to work since 1992 when I worked at St. Johns University. The only time I notice a decrease in subway or New Jersey Transit crowding is when school is not in session. If service cuts threatened by the MTA come to pass, the trains will become more crowded.