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Austin in Traffic Index 2021

In 2021, an increase in congestion levels was seen in Austin. The data suggests the average travel time increased by 1 min per day.

What does the congestion level mean?

A 20% congestion level means that on average, travel times were 20% longer than during the baseline non-congested conditions. This means that a 30-minute trip driven in free-flow condition will take 6 minutes longer when the congestion level is at 20%.

World rank2021

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Congestion level 2021

How congested was Austin?

20%
2%p
11% more traffic in 2021 vs 2020
increase since 2020
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CONGESTION MONTH BY MONTH

How did the average congestion level change in 2021 compared to the same months in the previous years?

January 2019-2021
2021
2020
2019
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2021
0%
2020
0%
2019

Anomalies in traffic throughout the year

When did we see the unusual highs and lows in the congestion levels?

20days

8days of high traffic

Days with the congestion higher more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

12days of low traffic

Days with the congestion lower more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

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Worst day

What was the most congested day in 2021?

February19Friday
38%

The highest average daily congestion

Can we observe any traffic pattern changes?

In the past 18 months several pattern changes have been observed across cities throughout the world.See how the pandemic changed mobility patterns and compare it to the pre-pandemic state.

WEEKLY TRAFFIC CONGESTION BY TIME OF DAY

What time was rush hour in Austin?

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
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What day of the week had the worst rush hour?

CHANGES IN WORKING DAYS TRAVEL PATTERNS IN 2019-2021

What did the traffic on an average working day look like each month across the years?

Averaged congestion level in selected month in:
  1. 2019
  2. 2020
  3. 2021

January

Are rush hours still a thing?

Let's take a closer look into rush hours. How did they change?Are the roads busier than than they used to be?

WEEKDAY RUSH HOURS

How congested was Austin during rush hour?

Morning rush
0%
22%p
49% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
decrease since 2019
Evening rush
0%
29%p
43% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
decrease since 2019

Difference in rush hours

How congested was Austin during rush hour throughout 2021 in comparison to 2020 and 2019?

AM peak
PM peak

TIME LOST IN RUSH HOUR - PER TRIP

How much extra time was spent driving in rush hour?

2021
+ 7 min
per 30 min trip
+ 12 min
per 30 min trip
+ 8 min
per 30 min trip
2020
+ 11 min
per 30 min trip
+ 14 min
per 30 min trip
2019
+ 20 min
per 30 min trip

TIME LOST IN RUSH HOUR - PER YEAR

How much extra time was spent driving in rush hours over the year?

74 hours = 3 days 2 hours 2 days, 11 hours less than in 2019

2021
2020
2019

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