The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) has released the 2011 edition of the Urban Mobility Report.
According to the 2011 report–which includes congestion data for 2010 and prior years–average commuter delay was at 34 hours, a full 20 hours greater than in 1982. This congestion cost more than $100 billion, or nearly $750 for every commuter in the United States. In addition, it’s now clear that congestion outside of “rush hour” (which has become a misnomer) accounted for about 40 percent of the delay. This is a particular problem for the movement of freight for businesses that rely on efficient production and deliveries.
Current economic conditions are producing a lull in the growth of congestion, though not in congestion itself:
The economic recession has only provided a temporary respite from the growing congestion problem. When the economic growth returns, the average commuter is estimated to see an additional 3 hours of delay by 2015 and 7 hours by 2020. By 2015, the cost of gridlock will rise from $101 billion to $133 billion – more than $900 for every commuter, and the amount of wasted fuel will jump from 1.9 billion gallons to 2.5 billion gallons – enough to fill more than 275,000 gasoline tanker trucks.
CFIRE provided funding and helped to develop an estimate of the value of commodities being shipped by truck to and through urban areas and in rural regions. The commodity values were matched with truck delay estimates to identify regions where high values of commodities move on congested roadway networks. For more information, consult the Development of an Areawide Estimate of Truck Freight Value in the Urban Mobility Report (CFIRE 04-16) project.