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UCR July 2015-September 2015 (FY 2015, Q4)

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A Snapshot of Year-to-Year Congestion Trends in the U.S. for July 2015 through September 2015.

Congested Hours

Congested Hours comparison: 4:41 in 2014 and 4:30 in 2015. 2015 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-11 minutes
Average duration of daily congestion

Travel Time Index

Travel Time Index comparison: 1.36 in 2014 and 1.35 in 2015. 2015 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-1 point
Peak period vs. off-peak travel times

Planning Time Index

Planning Time Index comparison: 2.93 in 2014 and 2.81 in 2015. 2015 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-12 points
Unreliability (variability) of travel

U.S. map graphic showing each of the 52 metropolitan statistical areas identified with a dot of differing size and color relative to their improving or worsening conditions.
Graphic showing the summary of nationwide trends. 6 of the 52 cities (12%) showed improvements in all three measures; 13 of the 52 cities (25%) showed worsening conditions in all three measures; and 33 of the 52 cities (75%) had no change or mixed results among the three measures.
City (MSA) Congested Hours Travel Time Index Planning Time Index % Complete Data
2015 Change from 2014 2015 Change from 2014 2015 Change from 2014
Atlanta, GA 4:03 +0:01 1.33 +2 2.48 -4 99%
Austin, TX 3:42 -0:30 1.33 +1 2.47 -31 93%
Baltimore, MD 6:35 -0:15 1.29 -1 2.58 -23 96%
Birmingham, AL 0:48 +0:11 1.04 0 1.43 +6 100%
Boston, MA 5:42 -0:06 1.39 -1 2.93 -7 97%
Buffalo, NY 5:56 +1:03 1.19 +2 2.22 +3 91%
Charlotte, NC 2:53 -0:47 1.20 0 2.10 -7 97%
Chicago, IL 6:22 -0:18 1.42 -5 2.83 -28 98%
Cincinnati, OH 3:51 +0:10 1.25 +4 2.32 +14 98%
Cleveland, OH 3:24 -0:03 1.21 +2 2.39 -9 97%
Columbus, OH 2:55 -0:26 1.17 0 2.22 -1 98%
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 4:09 -0:35 1.29 0 2.55 -9 98%
Denver, CO 6:39 -0:43 1.40 0 3.05 -30 94%
Detroit, MI 3:14 -1:19 1.18 -28 2.62 -123 97%
Hartford, CT 2:48 +0:01 1.17 +2 2.09 -4 95%
Houston, TX 4:53 -0:14 1.31 -2 2.60 -16 97%
Indianapolis, IN 3:12 +0:47 1.15 +2 1.80 +10 99%
Jacksonville, FL 3:37 +0:11 1.19 +5 2.27 +6 96%
Kansas City, MO 3:32 +0:06 1.15 -2 2.06 -9 94%
Las Vegas, NV 3:39 -0:10 1.19 +3 2.02 +6 93%
Los Angeles, CA 8:40 -0:17 1.67 +1 3.80 -3 96%
Louisville, KY 3:35 -0:27 1.21 +2 2.26 +42 99%
Memphis, TN 3:52 -0:15 1.17 0 1.97 -7 98%
Miami, FL 5:56 -0:15 1.34 +3 2.80 -2 97%
Milwaukee, WI 3:51 -0:09 1.26 -6 2.37 +2 94%
Minn.-St. Paul, MN 5:44 +0:28 1.35 +4 2.99 +34 85%
Nashville, TN 3:43 +0:13 1.28 +5 2.57 +8 98%
New Orleans, LA 5:35 +0:05 1.23 -2 3.29 -18 97%
New York, NY 7:32 -0:11 1.39 0 3.24 -3 94%
Oklahoma City, OK 2:50 -0:20 1.15 0 1.92 +2 96%
Orlando, FL 3:57 -0:11 1.19 +1 2.26 -24 99%
Philadelphia, PA 5:53 -0:18 1.27 -4 2.76 -22 97%
Phoenix, AZ 2:45 -0:04 1.23 +1 2.26 -14 96%
Pittsburgh, PA 6:04 +0:09 1.26 -2 3.09 -7 95%
Portland, OR 6:47 -0:08 1.48 +2 3.35 -21 96%
Providence, RI 5:17 -0:11 1.22 +2 2.66 +20 94%
Raleigh, NC 2:12 0:00 1.15 +2 2.06 +7 97%
Richmond, VA 2:57 -0:05 1.09 0 1.78 -2 96%
Riverside-San Bern., CA 5:52 -0:38 1.30 +2 2.31 +6 98%
Rochester, NY 3:26 -0:14 1.12 +1 2.08 +4 85%
Sacramento, CA 4:16 -0:09 1.28 +4 2.38 -10 96%
Salt Lake City, UT 3:03 -0:08 1.15 +1 1.93 -16 97%
San Antonio, TX 2:42 -0:43 1.23 -1 2.30 -11 98%
San Diego, CA 4:27 -0:22 1.34 +2 2.87 -4 95%
San Francisco, CA 7:09 -0:09 1.51 +4 3.50 -1 95%
San Jose, CA 6:01 -0:07 1.53 +6 3.72 0 94%
San Juan, PR 3:31 -0:14 1.48 -4 2.79 -6 46%
Seattle, WA 6:50 -0:19 1.45 -2 3.21 -16 95%
St. Louis, MO 2:49 -0:16 1.14 -1 2.07 -4 97%
Tampa, FL 3:42 -0:41 1.22 +1 2.42 -37 94%
Virginia Beach, VA 4:23 -0:43 1.20 -2 2.54 -25 95%
Washington, DC 6:32 -0:28 1.44 -3 3.18 -30 96%

Notes:
Blue bolded values (with sign) indicate improving conditions; red italics (with + sign) indicate worsening conditions.
Comparison of 2015 to 2014 is for the same three-month period (July - September).
% Complete Data compares the reported congestion data for that MSA to what should have been available for the designated roads and time periods.

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Please contact Rich Taylor at rich.taylor@dot.gov.

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