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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

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 study3
Texas Transportation Institute Urban Mobility Study
  • 68 major metropolitan areas
  • Measures traffic volume and traffic flow
  • Ranks congestion in several ways
texas transportation institute urban mobility study5
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%

stpp s congestion burden index
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.

texas transportation institute urban mobility study7
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…

congestion burden index10
Congestion Burden Index

Similar ranking, far different burden…

congestion burden index11
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

transportation choice ratio
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
transit use is up as growth in driving levels off
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
for more information
For More Information
  • Contact STPP at (202) 466-2636
  • Visit STPP’s website at www.transact.org
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