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UCR October 2017-December 2017 (FY 2018, Q1)

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A Snapshot of Year-to-Year Congestion Trends in the U.S. for October 2017 through December 2017.

Congested Hours

Congested Hours comparison: 4:17 in 2017 and 4:54 in 2016. 2017 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-37 minutes
Average duration of daily congestion

Travel Time Index

Travel Time Index comparison: 1.34 in 2017 and 1.36 in 2016. 2017 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-2 points
Peak period vs. off-peak travel times

Planning Time Index

Planning Time Index comparison: 2.18 in 2017 and 2.65 in 2016. 2017 is a blue downward arrow indicating the general trend is for improving conditions.

-47 points
Unreliability (variability) of travel

2017 performance measures use NPMRDS v2 data with 2015 volumes.

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. 24 of the 52 cities (46%) showed improvements in all three measures; 1 of the 52 cities (2%) showed worsening conditions in all three measures; and 27 of the 52 cities (52%) had no change or mixed results among the three measures.
City (MSA) Congested Hours * Travel Time Index * Planning Time Index * % Complete Data
2017 Change from 2016 2017 Change from 2016 2017 Change from 2016
Atlanta, GA 5:14 +0:24 1.38 +6 2.32 -8 99%
Austin, TX 4:53 -0:24 1.39 -3 2.34 -51 98%
Baltimore, MD 6:09 +0:12 1.30 +3 2.15 -22 97%
Birmingham, AL 2:09 +1:36 1.12 +8 1.63 +36 100%
Boston, MA 5:06 -1:19 1.35 -3 2.16 -63 98%
Buffalo, NY 4:49 -1:21 1.16 -1 1.75 -22 92%
Charlotte, NC 3:29 -0:39 1.23 -1 1.94 -38 100%
Chicago, IL 5:04 -2:43 1.37 -1 2.20 -20 100%
Cincinnati, OH 2:45 -0:23 1.16 -1 1.74 -21 99%
Cleveland, OH 2:34 -0:20 1.13 +1 1.60 -33 98%
Columbus, OH 2:42 -0:22 1.16 +1 1.69 -21 99%
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 4:38 -1:54 1.31 -7 2.19 -89 98%
Denver, CO 5:45 -1:17 1.33 -2 2.25 -56 97%
Detroit, MI 4:37 +0:12 1.23 +2 2.07 -21 97%
Hartford, CT 3:00 +0:06 1.15 -1 1.69 -21 97%
Houston, TX 5:50 +0:15 1.36 +1 2.40 -31 95%
Indianapolis, IN 2:08 -0:53 1.11 -1 1.55 -3 100%
Jacksonville, FL 3:27 -0:27 1.20 +1 1.89 -38 98%
Kansas City, MO 2:37 -0:30 1.12 -1 1.55 -30 96%
Las Vegas, NV 3:37 -0:43 1.25 +3 1.86 -24 100%
Los Angeles, CA 9:07 -0:28 1.70 +3 2.97 -59 99%
Louisville, KY 2:11 -0:19 1.11 -1 1.58 -23 99%
Memphis, TN 2:46 -1:04 1.13 -5 1.60 -33 99%
Miami, FL 6:38 +0:31 1.43 +9 2.48 -21 99%
Milwaukee, WI 3:17 -0:43 1.20 0 1.81 -26 98%
Minn.-St. Paul, MN 4:58 -1:16 1.26 -3 2.12 -28 98%
Nashville, TN 2:50 -0:05 1.21 +4 1.98 -3 92%
New Orleans, LA 4:09 -0:18 1.23 +1 1.92 -57 91%
New York, NY 6:47 -2:46 1.40 +2 2.36 -30 88%
Oklahoma City, OK 2:06 -0:16 1.11 -1 1.53 -21 96%
Orlando, FL 4:00 -0:12 1.22 +2 1.84 -18 97%
Philadelphia, PA 4:49 -1:04 1.26 +3 1.97 -13 91%
Phoenix, AZ 2:49 -0:50 1.26 0 1.84 -65 92%
Pittsburgh, PA 3:38 -1:08 1.15 -1 1.62 -41 88%
Portland, OR 7:10 -2:28 1.48 -8 2.55 -116 90%
Providence, RI 4:33 -0:35 1.17 -1 1.73 -32 87%
Raleigh, NC 2:22 -0:15 1.17 0 1.78 -29 97%
Richmond, VA 2:08 0:00 1.08 +1 1.44 -6 91%
Riverside-San Bern., CA 4:44 -0:56 1.29 +1 1.94 -14 99%
Rochester, NY 3:21 -0:44 1.11 -1 1.54 -28 84%
Sacramento, CA 4:28 -0:15 1.29 0 2.01 -31 98%
Salt Lake City, UT 2:52 -0:57 1.16 -1 1.79 -28 96%
San Antonio, TX 3:37 -0:08 1.23 +1 1.95 -20 97%
San Diego, CA 4:22 -0:07 1.35 +6 2.27 -33 94%
San Francisco, CA 6:49 -1:16 1.50 -4 2.59 -81 95%
San Jose, CA 5:34 -0:26 1.47 -1 2.51 -83 95%
San Juan, PR 5:58 +1:12 1.61 0 2.32 -130 50%
Seattle, WA 7:49 -0:56 1.52 +8 2.66 -25 87%
St. Louis, MO 2:01 -1:25 1.10 -5 1.48 -74 96%
Tampa, FL 2:54 +0:03 1.23 +3 1.87 -28 96%
Virginia Beach, VA 4:53 -0:55 1.20 -1 1.98 -45 91%
Washington, DC 6:45 -1:00 1.42 -6 2.40 -68 93%

Notes:
Blue bolded values (with - sign) indicate improving conditions; red italics (with + sign) indicate worsening conditions.
Comparison of 2017 to 2016 is for the same three-month period (October - December).
% Complete Data compares the reported congestion data for that MSA to what should have been available for the designated roads and time periods.
*2017 performance measures use NPMRDS v2 data with 2015 volumes.

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

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