According to an INRIX study, Los Angeles has the most congested traffic in the world. Moscow, Russia is not far behind, and New York rounds up the top three most congested cities.
INRIX is a global DaaS and SaaS company. It provides services in the mobile application and Internet areas targeting driver services and road traffic. INRIX helps provide real-time as well as historical traffic information. It also offers data on traffic forecasts, time, and travel time polygons. And also on traffic count and road incidents or works reports.
INRIX is available for both individuals and businesses in about 50 countries, including the United States. The company used its area of outreach in order to make a top 10 featuring the most congested cities in the world. In total, it analyzed 1,064 cities across 38 countries at a global level.
240 of the total number of cities are in the United States. And the U.S. also holds two of the top three most congested traffic cities. These are Los Angeles, occupying the top position and New York City, in the third place.
The U.S. also holds about half of the cities in the top 10 most congested traffic list. But also the least congested ones. Whilst making the study, the researchers compared the number of hours spent stuck in traffic during peak hours.
As such, Parkersburg, West Virginia drivers spent the least amount of time stuck in traffic. They spent about 3 hours per year stuck in peak hour traffic.
In contrast, Los Angeles drivers spend about 104 hours each year stuck in peak travel periods. It is followed on the most congested traffic list by Moscow. The Russian metropolis registered 94 hours. New York came in third with 89 hours.
San Francisco continued the most congested traffic areas list. Drivers there spend an average 83 hours stuck in peak periods traffic. Bogota, Colombia finished off the top 5 with 80 hours lost in gridlocks.
They were followed, in order, by Sao Paulo, London, Atlanta, Paris, and Miami. As it can be seen, 2 other U.S. cities rounded up the top 10 most congested cities list.
According to the INRIX study, the United States holds the title of the most congested developed country in the world. On average, United States-based drivers were noted to spend 42 hours stuck in congested hours during peak periods. And 11 of its cities made it in the top 25 most congested traffic list.
This also comes with a cost. The authority estimated that being stuck in traffic amounts to a $1,400 average per drive every year. At a nationwide level, this value rises up to almost $300 billion per year.
The study authors did point out some contributing facts. They stated that the United States is continuously urbanizing its big cities. It also offers low gas prices and has a stable economy. Which also leads to a growth of the employment rates. With them, this all bring a higher need for mobility.
And more specifically, for driving. Each city offers various public transportation, transit, and ridesharing variants. Nonetheless, most still prefer driving. And according to some analysts, this trend will probably only grow.
The INRIX did point out another fact as well. This study is based on data collected by itself. As such, it did not include countries such as Japan or China.
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