2012-09-24: Full year estimates of vehicle-miles traveled nationwide in 2011 suggest traffic in continuing decline. For the calendar year 2011 the estimate was 2.93 trillion vehicle miles traveled (TVMT) vs 2.97 TVMT in 2010, 1.2% down. We're 3.3% below traffic levels of the last boom year 2007.
2012-09-18: Based on the first eight months' numbers traffic on the Dulles Greenway is up just a tad - about one percent - over 2011. That's good news since 2012 might be the first year in which total traffic matched the year before since the pike peaked in 2005. The last six years have all seen traffic decline from the previous year. And this on the supposedly developing fringe of the Washington DC metro area.
July was a dull month for traffic at the US-Canada toll crossings, according to partial data from the Public Border Operators Association (PBOA.)
Ambassador Bridge traffic was down12.2k or 2.4% with the lucrative trucks down the most - 12.2k or 6.6% to 172,875 or 5,577 daily average. NOTE: The obsessive Moroun-bashing/new bridge boosting press corps in Detroit/Windsor usually cite the daily truck traffic at the Ambassador Bridge at 10,000 or 8,000 - a rehash of numbers from some years ago.
Again and again you'll read that the Ambassador Bridge handles 10,000 trucks per day. The Detroit-Windsor media report the "ten thousand daily" almost, well, daily. Wikipedia has it too.
The bridge company itself is partly at fault. They say on their website the bridge "carries more than 10,000 commercial vehicles on a typical weekday."
Oklahoma Turnpike reports strong traffic first quarter of the year - 37.35m transactions in the first quarter of the year up 9.6% on the first quarter of 2011's 34.08m. Vehicle miles traveled on the network were 734.47m vs 677.28m, 8.4% up. Revenue at $54.37m is 8.7% up on the same quarter last year.
2012-05-21 21:30: 2011 saw a dramatic drop in traffic congestion in the US - 30% fewer hours wasted in congested traffic according to INRIX, the nation's leading provider of traffic data. The 2011 improvement is only outmatched in the years since INRIX has been measuring congestion by the financial crisis year of 2008, when congestion dropped 34%. In 2009 congestion was up 1% and 2010 saw a 10% regrowth of congestion.
2012-04-22: Macquarie Atlas (MQA) reports traffic up slightly on the Indiana Toll Road and Dulles Greenway but down on the Chicago Skyway in the first quarter compared to 2011Q1. The changes were all small - up 1.8% on the ITR, down 0.7% on the Skyway and up 0.8% on the Dulles Greenway.
They comment that traffic on the MWAA Dulles Toll Road on the eastern end of the Greenway was off 1.1%.
Tollers on the eleven crossings on the NY-MI borders with Canada report traffic in March was 3.07m vs 2.93m in March 2011, a rise of 4.9%. Trucks were down a bit 597k vs 609k March last year, so strength was cars 2.46m vs 2.31m 6.7% up.
Numbers are compiled by the Public Border Operators Association (PBOA) which comprise owners of the ten international bridges and one tunnel.
Car traffic between the US and Canada was up a healthy 6.6% in 2011, growing to 30.3m from 28.4m in 2010, but truck traffic at 6.7m was flat. Overall traffic was up 5.3% to 37.14m from 35.26m - all numbers here are the eleven toll crossings as compiled by the Public Border Operators Association.
Growth in traffic can no longer be assured many places in the US. The San Francisco Bay area is an example. We've gone through ten years of the traffic data. Five of the seven Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) bridges have been seeing traffic recently below a peak year. Overall the seven bridges total traffic is down 3.8% on the peak back in 2004.