Do you live in one of the world’s worst places for gridlock? Here’s how the cities stack up

A new report shows the world's worst cities for traffic gridlock. — AFP pic
A new report shows the world's worst cities for traffic gridlock. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, Feb 9 — American drivers spent an average of 41 hours sitting in traffic last year, at a cost of US$305 billion (RM1.2 trillion), or an average of US$1,445 per driver.

The city with the world’s worst traffic congestion? Los Angeles holds that dubious distinction, followed by Moscow, New York, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. 

That’s according to the Global Traffic Scorecard, which analysed the impact of traffic congestion in 1,360 cities across 38 countries around the world.

Overall, the US emerged the most congested country in the developed world, accounting for 10 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion.

As many an Angeleno can attest, the City of Angels was deemed the worst city in the world for gridlock, with drivers spending 102 hours sitting in bumper to bumper traffic in 2017.

It’s the sixth year in a row that Los Angeles has held this title.

Tying for second place, Muscovites and New Yorkers spent an average of 91 hours in traffic, followed by Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours).

The findings were published by connected car and transportation analytics company INRIX.

Meanwhile, at the country level, Thailand emerged the leader with drivers spending an average of 56 hours in peak congestion. Indonesia and Colombia round out the podium, at 51 and 49 hours respectively.

Here are the results:

Global city

1. Los Angeles

2. Moscow

2. New York City

4. Sao Paulo

5. San Francisco

6. Bogota

7. London

8. Atlanta

9. Paris

10. Miami

 

Global country

1. Thailand

2. Indonesia

3. Colombia

4. Venezuela

5. Russia

6. US

7. Brazil

8. South Africa

9. Turkey

10. UK — AFP-Relaxnews

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