Table 4-29: Annual Wasted Fuel Per Person

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Urban area Population group Gallons wasted Percent changea
Short-term
2006-2011
Long-term
1982-2010
(R) 1982 (R) 1985 (R) 1990 (R) 1991 (R) 1992 (R) 1993 (R) 1994 (R) 1995 (R) 1996 (R) 1997 (R) 1998 (R) 1999 (R) 2000 (R) 2001 (R) 2002 (R) 2003 (R) 2004 (R) 2005 (R) 2006 (R) 2007 (R) 2008 (R) 2009 (R) 2010 2011 Percent Rank Percent Rank
Akron, OH Medium 0 3 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 13 13 13 13 13 13 10 13 13 13 10 10 7 10 10 -23.1 66 NA NA
Albany-Schenectady, NY Medium 3 3 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 13 13 13 16 16 19 22 22 22 25 22 22 19 19 -13.6 44 533.3 11
Albuquerque, NM Medium 4 7 11 11 11 15 15 15 19 19 19 19 19 19 15 15 19 19 19 19 22 19 15 15 -21.1 62 275.0 45
Allentown-Bethlehem, PA-NJ Medium 3 3 7 7 7 10 10 14 14 14 17 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 0.0 7 366.7 27
Anchorage, AK Small 12 12 12 12 16 12 12 12 16 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 12 12 8 8 -50.0 95 -33.3 92
Atlanta, GA Very large 6 8 11 12 15 17 19 20 23 24 26 26 27 27 30 31 31 31 31 30 24 23 23 23 -25.8 74 283.3 42
Austin, TX Large 6 8 10 10 10 12 10 16 17 17 17 19 19 21 23 25 27 29 27 27 21 19 19 20 -25.9 75 233.3 52
Bakersfield, CA Medium 0 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 9 6 6 6 9 6 6 0.0 7 NA NA
Baltimore, MD Large 3 6 11 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 15 17 20 21 21 21 21 21 18 18 19 19 -9.5 34 533.3 11
Baton Rouge, LA Medium 9 11 17 17 17 20 23 26 26 26 26 32 32 32 32 37 37 37 37 37 32 29 26 26 -29.7 81 188.9 61
Beaumont, TX Small 3 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 9 9 12 12 15 15 15 15 15 18 9 9 12 12 -20.0 59 300.0 36
Birmingham, AL Medium 5 5 7 9 9 11 13 14 14 16 20 20 22 22 22 23 23 23 23 22 18 20 18 18 -21.7 64 260.0 50
Boise, ID Small 0 3 3 3 3 5 3 5 5 5 8 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 8 8 8 -20.0 59 NA NA
Boston, MA-NH-RI Very large 6 10 17 17 18 20 20 20 20 22 23 23 25 26 30 30 32 32 32 30 27 26 26 26 -18.8 58 333.3 31
Boulder, CO Small 9 12 14 14 19 21 21 26 26 28 26 28 28 28 26 28 28 28 31 26 21 19 12 12 -61.3 101 33.3 89
Bridgeport-Stamford, CT-NY Medium 5 8 11 11 13 13 14 16 16 17 20 22 22 24 25 25 24 25 27 28 20 17 19 19 -29.6 79 280.0 43
Brownsville, TX Small 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 15 15 15 15 114.3 1 NA NA
Buffalo, NY Large 4 4 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 11 11 14 14 14 18 18 18 18 22 18 14 18 18 18 -18.2 56 350.0 28
Cape Coral, FL Small 7 7 11 11 15 18 22 26 26 26 22 22 22 26 26 26 26 26 29 29 18 18 15 15 -48.3 94 114.3 74
Charleston-North Charleston, SC Medium 7 9 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 17 17 17 19 19 14 15 14 14 -26.3 77 100.0 77
Charlotte, NC-SC Large 5 7 10 10 12 10 10 10 12 15 15 17 20 22 22 25 27 25 27 27 22 22 20 20 -25.9 75 300.0 36
Chicago, IL-IN Very large 5 9 13 13 13 13 14 16 18 18 19 19 19 19 23 24 25 27 26 25 21 23 24 24 -7.7 31 380.0 26
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Large 3 3 9 9 12 15 18 18 18 21 21 18 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 21 18 15 18 18 -14.3 46 500.0 13
Cleveland, OH Large 3 3 6 9 9 12 12 15 15 18 18 18 18 15 15 12 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 0.0 7 400.0 23
Colorado Springs, CO Medium 2 2 5 5 6 6 8 10 10 12 14 17 19 20 20 19 18 23 22 19 12 12 11 11 -50.0 95 450.0 20
Columbia, SC Small 2 3 5 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 9 10 10 10 12 12 12 16 17 16 16 14 14 -12.5 42 600.0 7
Columbus, OH Large 4 4 7 7 11 11 11 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 18 18 21 21 18 18 18 14 18 18 0.0 7 350.0 28
Corpus Christi, TX Small 3 3 3 3 6 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 0.0 7 100.0 77
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Very large 3 5 8 10 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 17 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 22 21 21 20 20 -16.7 53 566.7 9
Dayton, OH Medium 8 8 12 12 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 20 20 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 -25.0 70 50.0 87
Denver-Aurora, CO Large 5 6 7 8 8 11 11 13 15 16 17 19 20 20 19 19 20 21 20 20 19 19 20 20 0.0 7 300.0 36
Detroit, MI Very large 6 7 14 15 16 18 17 17 18 18 18 20 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 19 17 18 18 -18.2 56 200.0 59
El Paso, TX-NM Medium 4 4 4 8 8 8 12 12 8 12 12 17 17 21 21 21 25 25 25 25 17 17 17 17 -32.0 86 325.0 35
Eugene, OR Small 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 6 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 6 6 6 -33.3 87 100.0 77
Fresno, CA Medium 2 2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 7 7 7 0.0 7 250.0 51
Grand Rapids, MI Medium 3 3 5 5 8 8 8 8 8 8 11 11 11 11 8 11 11 11 11 11 8 11 11 11 0.0 7 266.7 47
Greensboro, NC Small 3 3 6 6 6 9 9 9 15 15 15 18 18 18 21 18 15 15 15 12 12 12 12 12 -20.0 59 300.0 36
Hartford, CT Medium 3 6 6 6 12 9 12 12 12 15 18 18 21 21 21 18 21 21 24 24 18 18 18 18 -25.0 70 500.0 13
Honolulu, HI Medium 12 12 20 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 20 20 20 24 24 28 28 28 24 28 24 24 -14.3 46 100.0 77
Houston, TX Very large 9 13 12 11 11 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 23 23 22 24 22 23 23 0.0 7 155.6 67
Indianapolis, IN Large 6 6 13 13 16 19 22 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 22 22 19 19 19 19 -13.6 44 216.7 56
Indio-Cathedral City-Palm Springs, CA Medium 21 17 21 21 17 17 17 17 17 17 14 14 14 10 10 14 14 17 17 14 10 10 7 7 -58.8 100 -66.7 93
Jackson, MS Small 3 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 10 10 10 10 13 13 13 16 16 19 19 16 16 13 13 -31.6 83 333.3 31
Jacksonville, FL Large 6 9 13 13 17 17 17 18 20 18 18 18 18 18 20 22 22 22 22 24 17 17 13 13 -40.9 93 116.7 70
Kansas City, MO-KS Large 2 3 7 7 9 10 12 12 14 15 15 17 17 17 15 17 14 14 14 14 10 10 12 12 -14.3 46 500.0 13
Knoxville, TN Small 7 7 18 18 21 21 25 29 32 32 32 32 29 29 29 29 29 25 25 25 18 18 18 18 -28.0 78 157.1 65
Lancaster-Palmdale, CA Medium 6 6 4 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 50.0 2 0.0 91
Laredo, TX Small 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 8 4 4 8 8 8 8 8 8 0.0 7 NA NA
Las Vegas, NV Large 3 6 12 15 15 18 18 21 21 21 21 21 21 24 24 27 30 30 33 33 30 27 21 21 -36.4 90 600.0 7
Little Rock, AR Small 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 10 6 8 10 10 10 12 10 12 12 12 20.0 3 500.0 13
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Very large 15 17 32 31 31 28 27 28 29 30 30 31 31 32 33 32 34 34 35 32 24 26 27 27 -22.9 65 80.0 86
Louisville, KY-IN Large 6 6 6 8 11 11 11 11 14 17 17 17 17 17 17 20 20 20 17 17 14 17 17 17 0.0 7 183.3 62
Madison, WI Small 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 0.0 7 100.0 77
McAllen, TX Medium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 0.0 7 NA NA
Memphis, TN-MS-AR Large 5 5 11 11 11 13 16 19 19 19 22 22 22 24 24 27 27 24 27 24 19 22 19 19 -29.6 79 280.0 43
Miami, FL Very large 5 7 14 14 15 15 15 16 16 18 18 20 23 25 26 27 27 29 27 27 22 23 25 25 -7.4 30 400.0 23
Milwaukee, WI Large 3 3 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 12 14 12 12 12 12 12 10 12 12 10 12 12 20.0 3 300.0 36
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN Large 1 2 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 14 14 15 14 14 13 11 12 12 -14.3 46 1,100.0 2
Nashville-Davidson, TN Large 12 12 19 17 17 17 24 24 24 26 24 26 28 28 31 33 33 31 28 28 24 24 24 24 -14.3 46 100.0 77
New Haven, CT Medium 5 7 9 9 11 11 11 14 11 14 18 21 21 23 23 23 21 23 21 21 16 18 16 16 -23.8 68 220.0 54
New Orleans, LA Large 6 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 9 9 9 10 10 10 13 12 10 12 13 13 0.0 7 116.7 70
New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT Very large 5 6 13 11 11 13 14 15 16 18 19 22 20 20 22 24 27 29 28 34 28 28 28 28 0.0 7 460.0 19
Oklahoma City, OK Medium 4 4 4 9 9 9 9 13 13 13 13 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 22 18 18 18 18 0.0 7 350.0 28
Omaha, NE-IA Medium 3 3 5 5 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 11 11 14 11 14 14 16 14 16 11 11 11 -31.3 82 266.7 47
Orlando, FL Large 7 9 18 20 22 20 22 23 23 25 27 29 29 31 31 29 27 27 29 29 23 23 22 22 -24.1 69 214.3 58
Oxnard-Ventura, CA Medium 2 2 3 3 3 5 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 8 8 10 10 -16.7 53 400.0 23
Pensacola, FL-AL Small 4 4 7 7 7 7 7 7 11 11 11 11 11 11 15 15 15 15 18 18 15 15 11 11 -38.9 92 175.0 63
Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD Very large 7 8 11 11 12 11 12 12 13 15 16 16 16 19 20 22 22 23 23 24 22 23 23 23 0.0 7 228.6 53
Phoenix, AZ Very large 11 11 13 13 14 14 14 13 15 16 16 18 19 21 19 21 21 25 23 23 21 19 20 20 -13.0 43 81.8 85
Pittsburgh, PA Large 9 11 18 18 16 16 16 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 22 20 22 20 20 20 18 25 18 18 -10.0 36 100.0 77
Portland, OR-WA Large 4 4 10 10 12 12 15 15 17 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 21 21 21 21 19 19 21 21 0.0 7 425.0 22
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh, NY Medium 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 0.0 7 116.7 70
Providence, RI-MA Large 2 2 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 9 13 15 15 17 17 19 19 19 17 19 15 15 15 15 -11.8 38 650.0 4
Provo, UT Small 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 0.0 7 100.0 77
Raleigh-Durham, NC Large 2 4 7 6 6 7 7 8 8 10 10 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 11 11 11 11 -8.3 32 450.0 20
Richmond, VA Medium 2 2 5 5 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 10 12 12 12 20.0 3 500.0 13
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA Large 1 3 7 9 9 9 7 9 9 9 10 11 11 11 12 14 16 18 19 18 15 15 16 16 -15.8 51 1,500.0 1
Rochester, NY Medium 6 6 6 6 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 19 19 13 13 13 13 -31.6 83 116.7 70
Sacramento, CA Large 3 6 13 13 11 11 13 13 14 13 13 14 14 16 16 18 18 19 19 19 13 13 13 13 -31.6 83 333.3 31
Salem, OR Small 2 2 7 7 10 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 14 17 19 17 17 17 19 19 12 12 12 12 -36.8 91 500.0 13
Salt Lake City, UT Large 2 4 5 7 9 9 11 11 11 11 9 11 13 13 15 15 13 11 11 11 11 13 13 13 18.2 6 550.0 10
San Antonio, TX Large 2 3 3 3 3 3 5 7 9 9 10 12 16 16 16 16 17 17 16 17 14 14 16 16 0.0 7 700.0 3
San Diego, CA Very large 2 4 10 9 10 9 8 9 10 10 10 12 13 14 16 16 18 18 17 16 16 14 15 15 -11.8 38 650.0 4
San Francisco-Oakland, CA Very large 10 19 29 26 26 27 26 27 28 26 28 28 30 30 33 34 35 37 38 36 25 25 25 25 -34.2 88 150.0 68
San Jose, CA Large 8 13 19 19 18 17 18 19 18 18 19 22 23 25 25 25 23 25 26 25 17 15 17 17 -34.6 89 112.5 76
San Juan, PR Large 2 4 6 7 7 7 9 10 10 10 11 12 14 15 15 16 19 17 17 17 15 16 15 15 -11.8 38 650.0 4
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL Medium 8 14 11 11 11 14 14 14 16 16 16 19 19 19 19 22 22 22 22 22 14 14 11 11 -50.0 95 37.5 88
Seattle, WA Very large 6 9 21 23 24 24 24 25 25 27 27 27 25 24 24 25 24 26 25 24 23 22 22 22 -12.0 41 266.7 47
Spokane, WA Small 3 6 6 10 13 16 16 13 13 16 16 16 16 16 16 13 13 13 13 13 13 16 13 13 0.0 7 333.3 31
Springfield, MA-CT Medium 7 7 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 19 15 15 19 15 15 -21.1 62 114.3 74
St. Louis, MO-IL Large 5 6 7 7 9 13 17 19 19 21 21 22 22 20 20 19 18 18 17 15 16 15 13 13 -23.5 67 160.0 64
Stockton, CA Small 0 0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 5 5 5 5 -50.0 95 NA NA
Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL Large 7 8 10 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 17 17 18 18 20 20 19 18 18 18 -10.0 36 157.1 65
Toledo, OH-MI Medium 0 0 4 4 4 4 8 12 12 12 16 16 20 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 12 12 12 12 -25.0 70 NA NA
Tucson, AZ Medium 10 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 19 19 19 24 24 24 29 29 33 29 29 33 33 24 24 -17.2 55 140.0 69
Tulsa, OK Medium 4 7 7 7 7 7 7 11 11 11 11 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 11 11 15 15 0.0 7 275.0 45
Virginia Beach, VA Large 6 8 11 11 11 11 13 15 17 19 19 21 17 19 21 21 21 21 21 21 17 17 19 19 -9.5 34 216.7 56
Washington, DC-VA-MD Very large 8 14 22 24 28 28 29 30 31 31 29 31 31 32 33 35 35 36 35 37 31 31 31 32 -8.6 33 300.0 36
Wichita, KS Medium 6 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 16 16 16 16 14 14 14 16 16 18 18 8 8 8 8 -55.6 99 33.3 89
Winston-Salem, NC Small 3 6 3 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 12 12 12 12 15 12 12 9 12 9 9 -25.0 70 200.0 59
Worcester, MA Small 5 5 8 11 11 11 13 16 16 16 16 16 19 19 19 16 19 19 19 19 19 19 16 16 -15.8 51 220.0 54
439 Urban area average 439 Areas 8 9 16 16 16 17 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 21 22 22 23 23 23 22 19 19 19 19 -17.4 NA 137.5 NA
101 Urban area average 101 Areas 8 11 17 17 18 18 18 19 20 21 21 22 22 22 23 23 24 25 25 24 20 20 20 20 -18.2 NA 141.9 NA
Very large urban area average Very large 10 13 21 21 21 21 21 22 23 23 24 25 25 25 26 27 28 29 29 28 23 23 24 24 -17.8 NA 149.0 NA
Large urban area average Large 6 8 12 13 13 14 15 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 19 20 20 20 20 19 17 17 17 17 -16.9 NA 179.7 NA
Medium urban area average Medium 6 8 11 11 12 13 13 14 15 16 16 17 17 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 16 16 15 14 -23.7 NA 139.2 NA
Small urban area average Small 5 6 8 8 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 13 13 11 11 -26.1 NA 119.2 NA

KEY: NA = not applicable; R = revised.

Very large urban areas - over 3 million population.

Large urban areas - over 1 million and less than 3 million population.

Medium urban areas - over 500,000 and less than 1 million population.

Small urban areas - less than 500,000 population.

a Percent changes were calculated using the numbers in this table and were not obtained from the source. Ranks are based on the calculated percent changes with the highest number corresponding to a rank of 1.

NOTES

"Wasted" fuel is the difference between the fuel consumed under estimated existing conditions and the fuel consumed under free-flow conditions. Previous editions of this table were calculated on the basis of total fuel consumed during congested trips. 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.

The urban areas included are those containing over 500,000 people and several smaller places mostly chosen by previous sponsors of the Texas Transportation Institute study on mobility.

Methodology and data sources have been changed in 2011 and were applied retroactively to past years, these figures are not comparable to those in past editions of NTS.

SOURCE

Texas Transportation Institute, Congestion Data for Your City, Excel spreadsheet of the base statistics for the 101 urban areas and population group summary statistics (College Station, TX: 2012), available at http://mobility.tamu.edu as of Feb. 6, 2013.