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UCR January 2013-March 2013 (FY 2013, Q2)

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A Snapshot of Congestion Trends in the U.S. for January 2013 through March 2013.

Congested Hours

Average duration of weekday congestion

+15 minutes
from last year
red upward arrow - general trend is for declining conditions

Jan-Mar 2013: 4:19
Jan-Mar 2012: 4:04

Travel Time Index

Peak period travel times vs. off-peak travel times

+2 points
from last year
red upward arrow - general trend is for declining conditions

Jan-Mar 2013: 1.21
Jan-Mar 2012: 1.19

Planning Time Index

Unreliability (variability) of travel

+5 points
from last year
red upward arrow - general trend is for declining conditions

Jan-Mar 2013: 1.50
Jan-Mar 2012: 1.45

Summary of Nationwide Trends

  • All three measures—congested hours, travel time index, and planning time index--worsened by moderate levels. All measures compared the most recent 3 months in 2013 to the same 3 months in 2012.
  • 1 of the 18 cities (6%) showed improvements in all three measures.
  • 11 of the 18 cities (61%) showed worsening conditions in all three measures.
  • 6 of the 18 cities (33%) had stable or mixed results among the three measures.

Congestion and Reliability Trends for Each UCR City

January 2013 through March 2013 Quarterly Urban Congestion Report Compared to the same Three Months Last Year
City Congested Hours Travel Time Index Planning Time Index % Change in VMT % Usable Data
2013 Change from 2012 2013 Change from 2012 2013 Change from 2012
Atlanta, GA n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Boston, MA 4:59 +1:20 1.25 +7 1.73 +25 -6% 99%
Chicago, IL 4:31 -1:32 1.20 -6 1.52 -16 -45% 96%
Detroit, MI 3:19 +0:45 1.12 +4 1.45 +17 -4% 99%
Houston, TX 4:21 -0:06 1.35 +3 1.79 +2 0% 92%
Los Angeles, CA 6:01 +0:37 1.29 +3 1.59 +7 0% 100%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN 4:13 +1:18 1.20 +8 1.69 +30 -3% 100%
Oklahoma City, OK 1:58 -0:01 1.08 +2 1.25 +6 -1% 99%
Orange County, CA 3:47 +0:23 1.22 +2 1.46 +3 1% 100%
Philadelphia, PA 5:14 +1:14 1.28 +8 1.66 +17 -3% 99%
Phoenix, AZ n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Pittsburgh, PA 5:46 +0:23 1.22 0 1.45 -4 -5% 99%
Portland, OR n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Providence, RI 3:31 +0:37 1.13 +4 1.39 +13 -1% 99%
Riverside – San Bernardino, CA 2:48 +0:10 1.11 +1 1.27 +1 -1% 100%
Sacramento, CA 1:49 -0:03 1.09 +1 1.25 0 0% 100%
St. Louis, MO 6:36 +0:40 1.06 0 1.23 0 -1% 97%
Salt Lake City, UT 2:37 +0:43 1.07 +3 1.27 +12 0% 85%
San Antonio, TX n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
San Diego, CA 2:21 +0:03 1.12 +1 1.32 +1 -2% 100%
San Francisco, CA 3:17 +0:11 1.17 +2 1.36 +2 0% 100%
Seattle, WA n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Tampa, FL 3:39 -0:05 1.17 +1 1.38 +1 -3% 99%

Notes:
Green bolded values (with sign) indicate improving conditions; red italics (with + sign) indicate worsening conditions.
"n.a." indicates that data was not available or was of insufficient quality.
Comparison of 2013 to 2012 is for the same three-month period (January - March).

For more information on the UCR, contact Rich Taylor (Rich.Taylor@dot.gov).

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