Have you seen where Austin ranks on the new Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Urban Mobility Report? Wait, I know what you’re thinking: Every 20 minutes some new report comes out that says congestion is bad. But the TTI report is the granddaddy of them all (although some critics may say the report uses your granddaddy’s methodology – for example, see CEOs for Cities).
Anyway, for the true transportation geeks out there (I can think of many coworkers; and calling them that is a term of endearment), you can check out the entire report on the TTI site. Or if you’d prefer to jump to all the local stats, here’s the 2010 TTI traffic report for Austin.
That’s a lot to digest. So for everyone else, here are a few highlights for our area:
- Austin’s traffic congestion (as measured by travel delay) ranks #28 in the U.S.
- Our “travel time index” is 1.28, meaning it takes 28% longer to commute during the peak period, third worst in the country. (Perhaps we could improve this by convincing employers to stagger their work hours and/or use other education and incentive programs to encourage people not to drive during the peak periods.)
- We’re #25 in terms of the congestion reduction benefit of public transportation.
- Transit saves our citizens 1.89 million hours per year (we’d see that much more congestion without transit).
- That congestion reduction saves more than $43.2 million each year.
- Austin ranks #4 in the nation in the commuter stress index – a great reason to use transit.
- Auto commuters here waste almost one full workweek per year stuck in traffic (39 hours or #15 in the country). Transit is one of the most cost effective solutions to reduce this number.
- From 1982 to 2009, Austin has seen the greatest increase in its travel time index of any large metro area in the country (tied with Las Vegas).