Road Congestion: 1985 - 2020



Annual hours of delay per car commuter - The extra time spent during the year traveling at congested speeds rather than free-flow speeds by private vehicle drivers and passengers who typically travel in the peak periods.  The Methodology to calculate congestion performance measures was updated to reflect more comprehensive data collection using INRIX data for each of the 494 U.S. urban areas.  The congestion estimates for all study years are recalculated every time the methodology is altered to provide a consistent data trend. For a detailed explanation of the updated methodology, see the Urban Mobility Report at


Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Urban Mobility Report, available at

Last Updated: October 2021