Table 18 Roadway Delay and Congestion Cost per Person in Urban Areas: 1992 and 2002

Table 18 Roadway Delay and Congestion Cost per Person in Urban Areas: 1992 and 2002

Annual Roadway Delay per Person

(Hours per year)

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  1992
cost per person
2002
cost per person
Percentage change
1992-2002
Annual growth rate
1992-2002
Very large areas 55 62 13 1.2
Large areas 28 38 36 3.1
Medium areas 14 25 79 6.0
Small areas 9 12 33 2.9
85-area average 38 46 21 1.9

Annual Roadway Congestion Cost per Person

(Current dollars)

  1992
cost per person
2002
cost per person
Percentage change
1992-2002
Annual growth rate
1992-2002
Very large areas 338 567 68 5.3
Large areas 178 364 104 7.4
Medium areas 95 238 151 9.6
Small areas 57 116 104 7.4
85-area average 242 435 80 6.0

Key:
Very large = over 3 million population (e.g., New York-Northern NJ).
Large = 1 million-3 million population (e.g., Atlanta).
Medium = selected areas with 500,000-1 million population (e.g., Memphis).
Small = selected areas under 500,000 population (e.g., Colorado Springs).

Notes: The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) estimates delay indirectly by using traffic volumes and methodology developed by the Federal Highway Administration for estimating the effects of roadway incidents.

TTI estimates cost by taking into account fuel cost, value of time, and commercial vehicle operating cost.

Source: Texas Transportation Institute, 2004 Urban Mobility Report, "Base Statistics for the 85 Urban Areas" spreadsheet, available at http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/congestion_data/, as of November 2004.