Montreal is Canada's most congested city; LA leads the world

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24 February, 2017

The study did not rank cities in either Japan or China, as Inrix does not gather its own data there, but still covered 1,064 cities worldwide across 38 countries. Motorists on average wasted over eighty hours stuck in traffic at peak times in both cities.

Miami ranked 11th, Washington, D.C., was 15th, Dallas was 16th, Boston was ranked at No. 18 and Chicago at No. 19. Denizens of the California city spent a crazy-making 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods previous year. At the top of the list is that beacon of automotive paradise, Los Angeles. After Mexico City they were Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and NY. It's much higher than the next entries on the list, which are: Colombia and Indonesia (47 hours spent in traffic), Russian Federation and the US (42 hours spent in traffic), Venezuela (39 hours spent in traffic), South Africa (38 hours spent in traffic), Brazil (37 hours spent in traffic), Puerto Rico (37 hours spent in traffic) and Turkey (34 hours spent in traffic).

"A stable USA economy, continued urbanization of major cities, and factors such as employment growth and low gas prices have all contributed to increased traffic in 2016".

We estimate the percentage of time that drivers would spend in congestion in each city at different parts of the day and week, and on different parts of the road network.

Even if the growing popularity of ride share services like Uber reverses the nation's decades-long decline in vehicle pooling, the increasing amount of freight on the nation's roadways will still stoke gridlock.

It's not likely to get better anytime soon, wrote Bob Pishue, senior economist at Inrix. "So even if people reduce their driving a little bit, freight is still increasing".

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The national average for sitting in traffic cost the average commuter $1,400 and almost $300 billion combined for all drivers in the United States, the study said. New York's I-95 East ranked third. That equated to $1,861 in direct and indirect costs, such as burned gasoline.

And the time spent going nowhere costs the economy an estimated £30billion a year.

Johannesburg has also surpassed Cape Town's traffic congestion rating on the Index, ranking 70th globally with Cape Town positioned in 48th place. Los Angeles voters approved Measure M in November, a sweeping $120 billion plan aimed at updating transit infrastructure ranging from bike lanes to highways.

The single worst avenue in San Francisco: Route 1.

"Those kinds of unique city challenges rely on big data, technology, (and) connectivity, " Pishue says.


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