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Urban Congestion Reports

Urban Congestion Reports

The next Urban Congestion Report (UCR), covering July – September 2015, will be available by the end of November 2015.

The Urban Congestion Report (UCR) is produced on a quarterly basis and characterizes emerging traffic congestion and reliability trends at the national and city level. The reports utilize vehicle probe-based travel time data from FHWA's National Performance Management Research Data Set (NPMRDS). The reports are currently using data from 52 urban areas in the U.S. The production of these reports is a cooperative effort between the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and FHWA.

Each quarterly UCR compares data from the most recent three months to the same three months in the previous year. Quarterly reports beginning in Fiscal Year 2015 (October - December 2015) can be found below.

  • UCR April - June 2015 (HTML, PDF 404KB)
  • UCR January - March 2015 (HTML, PDF 385KB)
  • UCR October - December 2014 (HTML, PDF 603KB)

The older version of the UCR, which reported on between 18-22 urban areas using archived detector data, are available below (covering October 2008-March 2013).

  • UCR January - March 2013 (HTML, PDF 349KB)
  • UCR October - December 2012 (HTML, PDF 349KB)
  • UCR July - September 2012 (HTML, PDF 335KB)
  • UCR April - June 2012 (HTML, PDF 358KB)
  • UCR January - March 2012 (HTML, PDF 463KB)
  • UCR October - December 2011 (HTML, PDF 459KB)
  • UCR July - September 2011 (HTML, PDF 230KB)
  • UCR April - June 2011 (HTML, PDF 227KB)
  • UCR January - March 2011 (HTML, PDF 350KB)
  • UCR October - December 2010 (HTML, PDF 212KB)
  • UCR July - September 2010 (HTML, PDF 171KB)
  • UCR April - June 2010 (HTML, PDF 205KB)
  • UCR January - March 2010 (HTML, PDF 205KB)
  • UCR October - December 2009 (HTML, PDF 190KB)
  • UCR July - September 2009 (HTML, PDF 113KB)
  • UCR April - June 2009 (HTML, PDF 113KB)
  • UCR January - March 2009 (HTML, PDF 113KB)
  • UCR October - December 2008 (HTML, PDF 113KB)

More details on how the Urban Congestion Report performance measures are developed can be found by reading the documentation and definitions.

PDF files can be viewed with the Acrobat® Reader®.

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