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Table 4-27: Annual Wasted Fuel Due to Congestiona

Table 4-27: Annual Wasted Fuel Due to Congestiona

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Population group Urban area Gallons wasted (millions) Percent change Short-term 1994-2000 Percent change Long term 1982-2000
1982 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 Percent Rank Percent Rank
Medium Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY R0 R0 R2 R2 R2 R3 R3 4 R4 R4 R4 R5 5 67 33 NM 57
Medium Albuquerque, NM 2 R4 R6 R6 R7 R9 R12 R14 R17 R20 R21 R23 19 58 35 850 21
Small Anchorage, AK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 68 NM 57
Large Atlanta, GA R16 R28 R42 R41 R48 R67 R97 R111 R125 R138 R156 R144 166 71 29 938 19
Medium Austin, TX R3 R7 R8 R10 R10 R12 R15 R17 R22 R29 R25 R30 35 133 6 1,067 13
Small Bakersfield, CA 0 0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R2 R2 R2 R2 3 NM 68 NM 57
Large Baltimore, MD R11 R18 R49 R49 R45 R50 R57 R61 R65 R69 R64 R67 75 32 51 582 28
Small Beaumont, TX 0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R1 1 NM 68 NM 57
Medium Birmingham, AL 2 3 5 5 6 7 10 10 12 13 15 15 17 70 31 750 24
Very large Boston, MA R40 R54 R90 R88 R95 R102 R111 R111 R115 R122 R123 R130 136 23 58 240 50
Small Boulder, CO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 68 NM 57
Small Brownsville, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NM 68 NM 57
Large Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY R2 R2 R5 R4 R4 R5 R5 R5 R5 R5 R5 R7 9 80 24 350 39
Small Charleston, SC 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 8 9 50 42 350 39
Medium Charlotte, NC R2 R5 R7 R10 R11 R11 R11 R12 R13 R17 R18 R20 24 118 8 1,100 12
Very large Chicago, IL-Northwestern, IN R76 R130 R220 R225 R233 R236 R225 R261 R341 R321 R351 R347 345 53 38 354 38
Large Cincinnati, OH-KY R3 R6 R15 R15 R18 R19 R27 R26 R31 R38 R39 R40 44 63 34 1,367 8
Large Cleveland, OH R2 R2 R9 R10 R12 R16 R19 R27 R33 R38 R30 R31 29 53 40 1,350 9
Small Colorado Springs, CO 0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R5 R7 R8 9 200 3 NM 57
Large Columbus, OH R2 R4 R13 R13 R16 R19 R23 R26 R28 R33 R33 R36 31 35 50 1,450 6
Small Corpus Christi, TX R0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R1 R1 1 NM 68 NM 57
Very large Dallas-Fort Worth, TX R24 R59 R93 R100 R117 R129 R124 R137 R146 R143 R175 R242 228 84 22 850 21
Large Denver, CO R16 R20 R31 R32 R38 R48 R51 R64 R74 R84 R92 R96 105 106 9 556 31
Very large Detroit, MI R40 R46 R127 R134 R177 R215 R176 R168 R168 R174 R176 R171 166 -6 65 315 44
Medium El Paso, TX-NM R0 R0 R2 R2 R4 R4 R5 R5 R4 R5 R6 R7 10 100 10 NM 57
Small Eugene-Springfield, OR 0 0 0 0 0 R0 0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R2 2 NM 68 NM 57
Large Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, FL R6 R7 R18 R20 R25 R30 R27 R31 R37 R43 R44 R53 68 152 4 1,033 15
Small Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 100 10 NM 57
Medium Fresno, CA 2 R2 R6 R6 R5 R4 R4 R5 R5 R6 R7 R8 10 150 5 400 35
Medium Hartford-Middletown, CT R3 R7 R7 R8 R9 R7 R6 R6 R7 R8 R9 R11 12 100 10 300 47
Medium Honolulu, HI R5 R6 R16 R16 R17 R17 R17 R17 R17 R15 R17 R17 13 -24 67 160 54
Very large Houston, TX R78 R132 R115 R90 R93 R120 R131 R134 R151 R187 R182 R214 199 52 41 155 55
Large Indianapolis, IN R2 R3 R6 R8 R12 R21 R28 R32 R38 R41 R33 R32 35 25 54 1,650 4
Medium Jacksonville, FL R4 R5 R11 R13 R17 R17 R19 R24 R24 R25 R21 R21 21 11 63 425 33
Large Kansas City, MO-KS R1 R3 R7 R6 R8 R13 R17 R15 R17 R19 R21 R26 23 35 49 2,200 2
Small Laredo, TX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 R0 R0 0 NM 68 NM 57
Large Las Vegas, NV R2 R4 R13 R15 R14 R14 R18 R19 R23 R26 R29 R31 34 89 19 1,600 5
Very large Los Angeles, CA R355 R474 R1,078 R1,067 R1,072 R1,039 R954 R1,018 R1,130 R1,096 R1,182 R1,166 1,188 25 57 235 51
Medium Louisville, KY-IN R5 R6 R7 R10 R13 R16 R21 R17 R24 R26 R27 R31 31 48 44 520 32
Medium Memphis, TN-AR-MS R2 R2 R7 R8 R10 R11 R14 R17 R17 R21 R21 R22 25 79 26 1,150 11
Large Miami-Hialeah, FL R24 R31 R62 R64 R85 R83 R88 R86 R88 R95 R92 R95 115 31 52 379 37
Large Milwaukee, WI R5 R7 R12 R13 R15 R19 R19 R24 R25 R26 R29 R32 34 79 25 580 29
Large Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN R5 R10 R29 R31 R39 R51 R56 R63 R65 R90 R94 R104 108 93 17 2,060 3
Medium Nashville, TN R5 R6 R9 R7 R7 R10 R13 R15 R17 R19 R18 R22 24 85 21 380 36
Large New Orleans, LA R7 R9 R12 R13 R13 R13 R22 R20 R20 R20 R20 R20 19 -14 66 171 53
Very large New York, NY-Northeastern, NJ R157 R180 R472 R355 R348 R362 R431 R484 R507 R558 R584 R631 658 53 39 319 42
Large Norfolk-Newport News-Virginia Beach, VA R9 R14 R20 R18 R20 R20 R25 R27 R31 R31 R35 R37 30 20 60 233 52
Large Oklahoma City, OK R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R5 R5 R7 R8 R10 R12 R14 11 120 7 1,000 17
Medium Omaha, NE-IA R1 R2 R5 R5 R6 R6 R6 R6 R8 R8 R10 R11 11 83 23 1,000 17
Large Orlando, FL R6 R11 R16 R23 R25 R29 R31 R32 R36 R40 R47 R47 58 87 20 867 20
Small Pensacola, FL 0 0 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 25 54 NM 57
Very large Philadelphia, PA-NJ R31 R40 R61 R76 R78 R75 R82 R91 R94 R98 R112 R116 115 40 47 271 48
Large Phoenix, AZ R17 R20 R43 R50 R55 R59 R60 R57 R75 R84 R79 R105 115 92 18 576 30
Large Pittsburgh, PA R11 R12 R18 R18 R18 R17 R17 R21 R21 R21 R22 R24 20 18 61 82 56
Large Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA R5 R6 R17 R18 R25 R31 R32 R36 R43 R48 R49 R53 57 78 27 1,040 14
Medium Providence-Pawtucket, RI-MA R2 R6 R12 R10 R10 R13 R15 R16 R20 R17 R22 R26 29 93 16 1,350 9
Medium Richmond, VA 0 2 5 4 4 6 7 10 11 11 12 12 11 57 37 NM 57
Medium Rochester, NY R0 R0 R1 R1 R2 R2 R2 R3 R4 R4 R3 R4 4 100 10 NM 57
Large Sacramento, CA R6 R10 R27 R29 R26 R28 R33 R30 R37 R34 R36 R38 46 39 48 667 25
Small Salem, OR 0 0 R0 R0 R0 R0 R1 R0 R1 R2 R2 R2 2 100 10 NM 57
Medium Salt Lake City, UT R1 R2 R6 R7 R8 R9 R12 R13 R13 R12 R12 R13 15 25 54 1,400 7
Large San Antonio, TX R6 R12 R12 R12 R13 R12 R12 R20 R20 R22 R28 R38 42 250 2 600 26
Large San Bernardino-Riverside, CA R6 R12 R39 R49 R49 R49 R43 R46 R50 R53 R62 R60 68 58 36 1,033 15
Large San Diego, CA R12 R23 R68 R62 R65 R63 R63 R64 R68 R81 R78 R96 112 78 28 833 23
Very large San Francisco-Oakland, CA R67 R130 R220 R175 R170 R179 R158 R198 R201 R186 R213 R223 270 71 30 303 46
Large San Jose, CA R22 R45 R93 R82 R65 R61 R61 R67 R67 R63 R72 R83 89 46 45 305 45
Large Seattle-Everett, WA R22 R38 R72 R92 R97 R90 R93 R97 R109 R115 R115 R121 112 20 59 409 34
Small Spokane, WA R0 R0 R0 2 R1 R2 R2 R2 R2 R2 R3 R3 3 50 42 NM 57
Large St. Louis, MO-IL R17 R25 R29 R27 R32 R43 R50 R56 R56 R61 R63 R66 71 42 46 318 43
Medium Tacoma, WA R2 R2 R8 R8 R8 R11 R12 R12 R12 R12 R12 R16 14 17 62 600 26
Large Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, FL R17 R21 R37 R44 R46 R53 R62 R61 R61 R59 R58 R63 62 0 64 265 49
Medium Tucson, AZ R0 R2 R4 R6 R6 R6 R6 R7 R9 R11 R12 R12 12 100 10 NM 57
Medium Tulsa, OK 0 2 4 3 3 3 3 5 5 6 7 8 11 267 1 NM 57
Large West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL 1 3 10 12 16 15 20 20 23 22 29 32 34 70 31 3,300 1
Very large Washington, DC-MD-VA R46 R67 R113 R122 R136 R149 R153 R162 R177 R175 R202 R211 198 29 53 330 41
  75-Area Average R16 R24 R47 R46 R49 R51 R52 R57 R63 R65 R69 R73 a75 43   361  
  Very Large Area Average R91 R131 R259 R243 R252 R261 R255 R276 R303 R306 R330 R345 a350 38   283  
  Large Area Average R9 R14 R28 R29 R32 R35 R39 R42 R46 R50 R52 R56 a61 57   595  
  Medium Area Average R2 R3 R7 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R13 R14 R14 R16 a17 66   761  
  Small Area Average 0 R0 1 1 1 R1 R1 R1 2 R2 R2 R3 a3 117   1,850  

KEY: NM = not meaningful; 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 The wasted fuel for each urban area category for 2000 was obtained from table A-6 of TTI's The 2002 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 Aug. 5, 2002, 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.

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

Percent changes for area averages were calculated before rounding.

SOURCE

1982-2000: Texas Transportation Institute, The 2002 Annual Urban Mobility Report (College Station, TX: 2002).

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017