4-12 Roadway Delay and Congestion Cost per Peak Travelera in Urban Areas: 1995 and 2005

4-12 Roadway Delay and Congestion Cost per Peak Travelera in Urban Areas: 1995 and 2005

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Annual Roadway Delay per Peak Traveler

(Hours per year)

  1995 delay per peak traveler 2005 delay per peak traveler Percentage change 1995-2005 Annual growth rate 1995-2005
Very large areas 43 54 25.6 2.3
Large areas 30 37 23.3 2.1
Medium areas 21 28 33.3 2.9
Small areas 13 17 30.8 2.7
85-area average 36 44 22.2 2.0

Annual Roadway Congestion Cost per Peak Traveler

(Current dollars)

  1995 cost per peak traveler 2005 cost per peak traveler Percentage change 1995-2005 Annual growth rate 1995-2005
Very large areas 620 1,014 63.5 5.0
Large areas 426 683 60.3 4.8
Medium areas 297 512 72.4 5.6
Small areas 175 318 81.7 6.2
85-area average 505 824 63.2 5.0

a A peak traveler is estimated to travel from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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

Note: See Glossary for definitions of delay and congestion cost.

Source: Texas Transportation Institute, 2007 Urban Mobility Report, Tables by Population Groups, available at http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/congestion_data/ as of September 2007.