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Table 4-28. Wasted Fuel per Eligible Driver

Table 4-28. Wasted Fuel per Eligible Driver

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  Gallons Wasted (% change) Short-term 1992-1997 (% change) Long-term 1982-1997
Urban area R1982 R1986 R1990 R1992 R1995 R1996 1997 % Rank % Rank
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 0 5 10 10 10 13 13 30 40 NM 59
Albuquerque, NM 6 11 23 28 45 51 57 104 6 850 3
Atlanta, GA 25 53 43 47 84 96 106 126 3 324 30
Austin, TX 17 30 33 45 57 63 82 82 14 382 27
Bakersfield, CA 0 0 10 9 8 12 12 33 38 NM 59
Baltimore, MD 20 31 54 51 68 69 72 41 32 260 35
Beaumont, TX 0 0 0 11 20 18 18 64 18 NM 59
Boston, MA 27 48 67 73 91 95 98 34 37 263 34
Boulder, CO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 62 NM 59
Brownsville, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 62 NM 59
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 4 4 9 8 10 10 11 38 35 175 44
Charlotte, NC 15 19 34 36 42 45 61 69 17 307 31
Chicago, IL-Northwestern, IN 20 38 47 51 58 62 65 27 46 225 39
Cincinnati, OH-KY 9 13 30 34 42 44 50 47 26 456 18
Cleveland, OH 3 5 14 16 26 30 33 106 5 1000 2
Colorado Springs, CO 0 9 9 16 24 23 23 44 28 NM 59
Columbus, OH 6 9 27 27 42 41 47 74 15 683 9
Corpus Christi, TX 11 10 10 10 9 13 13 30 40 18 58
Dallas, TX 24 55 56 62 78 78 92 48 25 283 33
Denver, CO 16 23 34 43 61 65 70 63 20 338 29
Detroit, MI 35 46 72 79 80 86 92 16 51 163 47
El Paso, TX-NM 6 6 10 18 19 16 20 11 53 233 38
Eugene-Springfield, OR 0 0 0 0 6 13 12 NM 62 NM 59
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, FL 8 14 17 35 40 42 47 34 36 488 14
Fort Worth, TX 13 28 37 38 49 54 60 58 22 362 28
Fresno, CA 8 14 29 20 22 22 26 30 40 225 39
Hartford-Middletown, CT 7 23 37 37 31 32 38 3 60 443 21
Honolulu, HI 22 31 38 43 46 44 45 5 57 105 51
Houston, TX 57 63 55 56 63 73 90 61 21 58 57
Indianapolis, IN 5 10 19 26 68 70 79 204 1 1480 1
Jacksonville, FL 17 22 33 35 48 54 53 51 24 212 42
Kansas City, MO-KS 5 9 17 18 31 37 44 144 2 780 8
Laredo, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 62 NM 59
Las Vegas, NV 9 18 42 35 53 55 50 43 29 456 18
Los Angeles, CA 64 92 118 118 120 122 122 3 59 91 53
Louisville, KY-IN 7 11 19 37 49 59 63 70 16 800 5
Memphis, TN-AR-MS 7 7 17 23 39 42 44 91 9 529 13
Miami-Hialeah, FL 31 43 69 79 80 73 83 5 56 168 46
Milwaukee, WI 8 13 24 33 43 41 39 18 50 388 26
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 6 14 23 28 43 45 53 89 12 783 7
Nashville, TN 13 22 33 33 55 61 71 115 4 446 20
New Orleans, LA 20 31 37 37 42 38 37 0 62 85 54
New York, NY-Northeastern, NJ 24 33 46 41 49 52 58 41 31 142 49
Norfolk, VA 15 27 34 34 40 49 52 53 23 247 37
Oklahoma City, OK 4 5 13 15 21 27 29 93 8 625 11
Omaha, NE-IA 8 13 26 35 43 50 45 29 44 463 17
Orlando, FL 15 24 22 42 44 52 60 43 29 300 32
Philadelphia, PA-NJ 22 29 32 31 34 39 40 29 43 82 55
Phoenix, AZ 23 37 43 42 42 50 51 21 49 122 50
Pittsburgh, PA 8 13 18 18 22 21 22 22 48 175 44
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA 14 30 44 60 79 85 80 33 38 471 15
Providence-Pawtucket, RI-MA 6 14 30 23 30 34 32 39 34 433 23
Rochester, NY 2 5 9 13 17 19 19 46 27 850 3
Sacramento, CA 12 22 50 48 55 62 59 23 47 392 25
Salem, OR 0 0 17 15 15 14 21 40 33 NM 59
Salt Lake City, UT 4 3 11 22 35 37 36 64 18 800 5
San Antonio, TX 12 28 20 22 33 37 42 91 10 250 36
San Bernardino-Riverside, CA 13 34 59 67 73 77 74 10 54 469 16
San Diego, CA 11 30 55 57 57 59 59 4 58 436 22
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 56 86 96 91 93 94 91 0 62 63 56
San Jose, CA 23 42 75 73 73 72 69 -5 68 200 43
Seattle-Everett, WA 33 56 83 104 94 96 106 2 61 221 41
Spokane, WA 0 9 9 8 12 12 16 100 7 NM 59
St. Louis, MO-IL 16 24 36 43 75 75 79 84 13 394 24
Tacoma, WA 6 19 45 44 41 40 47 7 55 683 9
Tampa, FL 29 33 41 51 58 57 58 14 52 100 52
Tucson, AZ 6 6 20 20 27 30 38 90 11 533 12
Washington, DC-MD-VA 46 69 88 91 106 115 116 27 45 152 48

KEY: NM = not meaningful; R = revised.

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 system. For a more detailed description of the formulas used, see the source document. An eligible driver is someone 16 years and older who is eligible for a driver's license. The cities shown represent the 50 largest metropolitan areas, as well as others chosen by the states sponsoring the study.

SOURCES: 1982-1996: Texas Transportation Institute, unpublished data.

1997: Ibid., The 1999 Annual Urban Mobility Report (College Station, TX: 1999), table 6.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017