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Annual Wasted Fuel Due to Congestion

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Wasted fuel is extra fuel consumed due to inefficient operation in slower stop-and-go traffic.

The urban areas included are those containing over 500,000 people and several smaller places mostly chosen by previous sponsors of the Texas Transportation Institute study on mobility.

Methodology and data sources have been changed in 2019 and were applied retroactively to past years; these figures are not comparable to those in past editions of NTS. Population group is based on 2020 population.


KEY: NA = not applicable; R = revised.

Very large urban areas - over 3 million population.

Large urban areas - over 1 million and less than 3 million population.

Medium urban areas - over 500,000 and less than 1 million population.

Small urban areas - less than 500,000 population.

a Percent changes were calculated using the numbers in this table and were not obtained from the source. Ranks are based on the calculated percent changes with the highest number corresponding to a rank of 1.


Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 2021 Urban Mobility Report, (College Station, TX: 2021), available at as of Sept. 8, 2021.