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Easing the Burden A Companion Analysis of the Texas Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Study Barbara McCann Director, Transportation and Quality of Life Campaign Surface Transportation Policy Project Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study

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Easing the Burden

A Companion Analysis of the Texas Transportation Institute’s Urban Mobility Study

Barbara McCann

Director, Transportation and Quality of Life Campaign

Surface Transportation Policy Project



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Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study

  • 68 major metropolitan areas

  • Measures traffic volume and traffic flow

  • Ranks congestion in several ways



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Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study

Does not take into account the widely varying degrees of transit use in these metro areas.

San Francisco 24%

Las Vegas 9%


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STPP’s Congestion Burden Index

Uses an exposure measure (percent of workers driving to work) to take into account the portion of residents exposed to traffic congestion.


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Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study

12.6%

1

-

23.8%

29

16.0%

5

23.1%

31

14.1%

7

23.0%

33

25.0%

47

14.3%

14

16.0%

6

9.0%

2



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Congestion Burden Index

Similar population, far different burden…


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Congestion Burden Index

Similar ranking, far different burden…


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Congestion Burden Index

Salt Lake City UT

  • TTI Rush Hour Rank 41

  • % Workers Avoiding Traffic 10%

  • Congestion Burden Rank 36



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Congestion Burden Index

Places with more choices have fewer workers stuck in traffic


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Transportation Choice Ratio

  • Measures the supply of public transportation, relative to the supply of major roads within a metro area.


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Transportation Choice Ratio

  • Highest – New York City

    • 6.3 miles of hourly transit service per miles of major roadway

  • Lowest – Columbus OH

    • 0.09 miles of hourly transit service per mile of roadway


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Transit Use Is Up As Growth In Driving Levels Off.

Source: APTA Transit Ridership Report, FHWA Traffic Volume Trends. Prepared by STPP


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  • Statistics From:

  • High-Mileage Moms

  • Driven to Spend

  • Transit Up, VMT Down

  • Easing the Burden

  • Smart Growth America Poll







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For More Information

  • Contact STPP at (202) 466-2636

  • Visit STPP’s website at www.transact.org


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