Commuting


Commuting?

According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Study by the Texas Transportation Institute, Memphis commuters waste fewer hours and less fuel on traffic delays than their counterparts in cities like Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver and Nashville.

A study of highway bottlenecks by the American Highway Users Alliance ranks the major U.S.. highway bottlenecks from 1 to 233. Unlike most of its peer cities – Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Nashville, Phoenix, Austin and Louisville among others – Memphis does not appear on the list.

A Community Comparison

Urban Area
Annual Delay Time Per Peak Traveler
Annual Excess Fuel Used Per Person
Mean Travel Time to Work
Atlanta, GA
52 hours
20 gallons
30.4 minutes
Austin, TX
52 hours
22 gallons
25.9 minutes
Charlotte, NC
43 hours
17 gallons
25.7 minutes
Chicago, IL
61 hours
29 gallons
30.9 minutes
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
53 hours
22 gallons
27.1 minutes
Denver, CO
49 hours
24 gallons
26.9 minutes
Houston, TX
61 hours
29 gallons
28.5 minutes
Indianapolis, IN
43 hours
23 gallons
24.7 minutes
Los Angeles, CA
80 hours
25 gallons
28.9 minutes
Memphis, TN
43 hours
21 gallons
23.9 minutes
Nashville, TN 45 hours 22 gallons 26.5 minutes
Seattle, WA
63 hours
28 gallons
28.3 minutes
St. Louis, MI
43 hours
21 gallons
25.1 minutes

Sources:
Texas Transportation Institute
2014 U.S. Census American Community Data Survey

 

Page Updated 29 June 2016

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