Table 4-27: Annual Wasted Fuel Due to Congestion

Table 4-27: Annual Wasted Fuel Due to Congestion

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Population group Urban area Gallons wasted (millions) % change
Short-term
1995-1999
% change
Long-term
1982-1999
1982 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 % Rank % Rank
Med Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY R1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 7 75 7 600 26
Med Albuquerque, NM 2 5 9 9 11 14 18 R20 R24 R27 26 28 40 28 1300 6
Lrg Atlanta, GA R28 50 R81 75 R91 117 162 R167 R191 R222 231 239 43 26 754 17
Med Austin, TX R6 11 R17 18 20 24 26 R31 R34 R43 44 46 48 21 667 21
Sml Bakersfield, CA 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 3 50 18 NM 61
Lrg Baltimore, MD R20 38 R81 80 R80 82 89 R99 R98 R101 101 103 4 56 415 35
Sml Beaumont, TX 0 1 R1 1 R2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 0 58 NM 61
Vlg Boston, MA R52 82 R129 128 R134 149 154 R167 R170 R176 185 189 13 50 263 45
Sml Boulder, CO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 66 NM 61
Sml Brownsville, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 66 NM 61
Lrg Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 3 4 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 R8 9 13 63 13 333 41
Med Charlotte, NC R3 7 R16 18 R17 16 17 R19 R23 R29 31 32 68 10 967 10
Vlg Chicago, IL-Northwestern, IN R119 175 R267 279 R286 302 298 R323 R357 R367 403 403 25 40 239 50
Lrg Cincinnati, OH-KY R7 12 R28 30 R35 40 47 R47 R52 R59 63 68 45 24 871 13
Lrg Cleveland, OH 4 5 R18 20 23 29 34 R43 R49 R54 54 60 40 28 1400 3
Sml Colorado Springs, CO 0 2 2 2 R3 4 5 R6 7 R8 11 13 117 2 NM 61
Lrg Columbus, OH 4 5 R20 22 R26 27 31 R34 R37 R44 45 47 38 30 1075 8
Sml Corpus Christi, TX 2 2 2 3 R3 2 2 R3 3 3 3 3 0 58 50 60
Lrg Dallas, TX R23 52 R74 81 R84 96 103 R112 R115 R138 149 168 50 18 630 24
Lrg Denver, CO R26 37 R48 51 R61 70 74 R90 R95 R105 115 124 38 30 377 39
Vlg Detroit, MI R69 79 R191 196 R222 236 221 R221 R241 R245 242 248 12 51 259 46
Med El Paso, TX-NM 2 2 R5 7 R8 9 10 R9 7 9 11 14 56 15 600 26
Sml Eugene-Springfield, OR 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 2 2 3 200 64 NM 61
Lrg Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood - Pompano Beach, FL R11 13 R25 30 R40 44 40 R43 R48 R54 56 65 51 17 491 32
Lrg Fort Worth, TX R8 17 R27 25 R27 30 35 R37 R41 R47 57 70 89 4 775 15
Med Fresno, CA 2 3 9 9 R9 7 7 8 R9 R11 12 14 75 7 600 26
Med Hartford-Middletown, CT R6 11 R16 16 R16 12 11 R13 R14 R17 17 19 46 22 217 52
Med Honolulu, HI R6 8 R18 18 R20 20 21 R21 R20 R21 21 21 0 58 250 49
Vlg Houston, TX R101 142 R144 128 R126 147 147 R146 R174 R202 236 239 64 12 137 56
Lrg Indianapolis, IN R4 5 14 17 R23 37 49 R65 R67 R71 59 58 -11 65 1350 4
Med Jacksonville, FL R5 7 R22 23 R29 30 33 R40 R38 R37 37 39  -3 62 680 20
Lrg Kansas City, MO-KS R3 5 R12 11 R15 23 27 R29 R34 R41 41 51 76 6 1600 1
Sml Laredo, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 NM 66 NM 61
Lrg Las Vegas, NV 3 6 R23 24 R21 22 28 R31 R34 R34 36 39 26 38 1200 7
Vlg Los Angeles, CA R473 591 R1,004 1,008 R1,013 966 949 R1,001 R1,025 R1,010 1,038 1,064 6 55 125 58
Med Louisville, KY-IN R9 10 12 15 22 30 33 32 R37 R40 45 48 50 18 433 34
Med Memphis, TN-AR-MS R2 4 R13 14 R18 19 26 R31 R33 R36 34 32 3 57 1500 2
Lrg Miami-Hialeah, FL R41 52 102 101 R111 115 118 R116 R114 R122 126 128 10 54 212 53
Lrg Milwaukee, WI R8 13 22 24 R27 33 32 R34 R37 38 39 43 26 38 438 33
Lrg Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN R10 20 R49 50 R58 71 88 R98 R98 R120 130 141 44 25 1310 5
Med Nashville, TN R10 10 R17 15 15 17 23 27 R27 R34 34 41 52 16 310 42
Lrg New Orleans, LA R17 25 R25 28 R26 26 29 R30 R28 R28 29 29  -3 62 71 59
Vlg New York, NY-Northeastern, NJ R180 239 R527 512 R511 540 602 R664 R729 802 819 860 30 36 378 38
Lrg Norfolk, VA R11 22 R28 24 R23 23 26 R30 R36 R39 38 39 30 36 255 48
Lrg Oklahoma City, OK R3 5 R8 8 R10 10 10 15 20 22 24 28 87 5 833 14
Med Omaha, NE-IA R2 4 R7 8 R10 10 12 R12 R14 R14 16 17 42 27 750 18
Lrg Orlando, FL R9 18 R31 39 R43 47 45 R51 R57 R63 67 68 33 33 656 22
Vlg Philadelphia, PA-NJ R49 63 R100 118 R117 122 133 R133 R149 R161 175 175 32 35 257 47
Lrg Phoenix, AZ 25 32 R64 69 R73 77 77 R82 R102 R104 110 120 46 22 380 37
Lrg Pittsburgh, PA R16 18 28 28 R26 27 28 R31 R31 R32 35 37 19 44 131 57
Lrg Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA R7 12 R33 35 R44 58 58 R63 R72 R72 74 79 25 40 1029 9
Med Providence-Pawtucket, RI-MA 4 9 R22 20 R19 21 23 R25 R29 R29 36 40 60 14 900 12
Med Rochester, NY 1 2 4 5 6 6 6 R7 R7 9 7 8 14 47 700 19
Lrg Sacramento, CA R12 19 R52 54 R51 55 59 R59 R70 R66 67 72 22 43 500 31
Sml Salem, OR 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 R3 R3 3 4 4 33 33 NM 61
Med Salt Lake City, UT R3 5 R11 14 R16 20 24 R27 R29 R28 25 26  -4 64 767 16
Lrg San Antonio, TX R7 15 R15 15 19 16 18 R24 R28 R31 35 46 92 3 557 29
Lrg San Bernardino-Riverside, CA R8 21 R56 64 R65 69 71 R73 R77 R75 82 83 14 47 938 11
Lrg San Diego, CA R22 43 R122 120 R128 125 122 R127 R127 R131 143 158 24 42 618 25
Vlg San Francisco-Oakland, CA R102 153 R241 229 R231 233 223 R237 R242 R239 254 263 11 52 158 55
Lrg San Jose, CA R40 57 R87 92 R89 86 86 R93 R94 R92 100 108 16 46 170 54
Lrg Seattle-Everett, WA R44 69 R129 141 R154 143 143 R139 R143 R154 161 162 17 45 268 44
Sml Spokane, WA R1 2 2 2 2 4 4 3 R4 R5 5 5 67 11 400 36
Lrg St. Louis, MO-IL R29 46 R52 52 R61 102 114 R118 R120 R129 132 135 14 47 366 40
Med Tacoma, WA R4 6 R14 16 R16 18 19 R19 R21 R24 24 26 37 32 550 30
Med Tampa, FL R11 13 R27 32 R34 35 42 R44 R42 R42 42 44 0 58 300 43
Med Tucson, AZ R3 4 R9 9 9 12 13 13 15 R20 24 22 69 9 633 23
Vlg Washington, DC-MD-VA R73 120 R185 191 R204 204 217 R219 R234 R229 237 242 11 52 232 51
  68 Area Average 26 37 65 66 69 73 76 81 87 92 96 100a 23   285  
  Very Large Area Average 135 183 310 310 316 322 327 346 369 381 399 410a 18   204  
  Large Area Average 15 25 45 47 51 57 62 66 71 77 80 85a 29   467  
  Medium Area Average 4 6 13 14 16 17 19 21 23 25 26 28a 33   600  
  Small Area Average 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4a 100   NM  

KEY: NM = not meaningful; R = revised.

Vlg = Very Large Urban Areas - over 3 million population.

Lrg = Large Urban Areas - over 1 million and less than 3 million population.

Med = Medium Urban Areas - over 500,000 and less than 1 million population.

Sml = Small Urban Areas - less than 500,000 population.

a The wasted fuel for each urban area category for 1999 was obtained from table A-7 of TTI's The 2001 Annual Urban Mobility Report referenced below. The wasted fuel for all other years was calculated using raw data obtained from internet site http://mobility.tamu.edu as of Oct. 17, 2001, where the total annual wasted fuel for each year and urban area was divided by the number of cities in that particular urban area.

NOTES: "Wasted" fuel is the difference between the fuel consumed under estimated existing conditions and the fuel consumed if all traffic was moving at free-flow conditions. Calculations are made for peak period speeds and for free-flow speeds on both the freeway and principal arterial systems.

For a more detailed description of the formulas used, see the source document.

Short and Long Term Percentages and Ranks were recalculated using data for 1999, therefore, all data in corresponding columns is revised.

The cities shown represent the 50 largest metropolitan areas, as well as others chosen by the states sponsoring the study.

SOURCE: 1982-99: Texas Transportation Institute, The 2001 Annual Urban Mobility Report (College Station, TX: 2001).