Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry: 2018 Update

In this report a standardized methodology developed by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is applied to 2016 data to examine the impact to motor carriers of time delays on the National Highway System. For this edition, the methodology was updated to clarify the impact of work zones, e-commerce growth, vehicle registrations, and growing urban truck miles. Data inputs include: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Freight Analysis Framework Version 4, FHWA's National Performance Management Research Data Set Version 2016Q2, ATRI's 2016 national average operational cost of trucking, and ATRI commercial motor vehicle global positioning system (GPS) data from 2016. The results of the analysis show that in 2016 the trucking industry experienced more than 1.2 billion hours of delay due to congestion. This delay equates to more than $74.5 billion in added operational costs or an average congestion cost per truck of $6,478 (based on 11.5 million registered large trucks). Additional trends and statistics related to cost of congestion are presented in this report including top ten states, metropolitan areas, and counties with largest congestion cost increases.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41p

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  • Accession Number: 01683670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2018 9:40AM