Key Transportation Numbers in New York
TRIP estimates that New York roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have poor pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $20.3 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and traffic crashes.
$1,622 $1,493 $2,282 $1,285 $1,303
Driving on roads that are congested, deteriorated and that lack some desirable safety features costs the average Albany area driver $1,622 annually. In the Buffalo area, the average driver loses $1,493 each year. New York City area drivers lose $2,282 each year, while drivers in the Rochester area lose $1,285 annually. The average Syracuse driver loses $1,303 each year.
45% 51% 35% 74% 34% 42%
Statewide, 45 percent of New York’s locally and state-maintained major roads are either in poor or mediocre condition. The percentage of major roads in poor or mediocre condition in the state’s largest urban areas are: Albany – 51 percent, Buffalo – 35 percent, New York City-Newark – 74 percent, Rochester – 34 percent, and Syracuse – 42 percent.
From 2008 to 2012, an average of 1,185 people were killed annually in New York traffic crashes, a total of 5,924 fatalities. New York’s traffic fatality rate of 0.91 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2012 was lower than the national average of 1.13.
The fatality rate on New York’s non-interstate rural roads is more than two-and-a-half times higher than that on all other roads in the state (1.79 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel vs. 0.68).
27.5 % 32 % 17.5 % 34.5 % 25 % 26 %
A total of 27.5 percent of New York’s state maintained bridges are currently in need of replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation. The percentage of state-maintained bridges in need of replacement, reconstruction or rehabilitation in the state’s largest urban areas are: Albany – 32 percent, Buffalo – 17.5 percent, New York City – 34.5 percent, Rochester – 25 percent, and Syracuse – 26 percent.
20 % 15 %
Vehicle miles of travel in New York increased 20 percent from 1990 to 2012 and are expected to increase another 15 percent by 2030.
If a lack of adequate revenue into the Federal Highway Trust Fund is not addressed by Congress, funding for highway and transit improvements in New York could be cut by $3 billion for the federal fiscal year 2015, beginning October 1, 2014.
72 % 22%
Seventy-two percent of the goods shipped annually from sites in New York are carried by trucks and another 22 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
$1.00 = $5.20
The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced roadway maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.