Rating of world cities with the longest traffic jams
Standing in a traffic jam – what could be more unpleasant for a motorist? Unfortunately, traffic jams are common in big cities. INRIX, a company that provides a variety of Internet services and mobile applications related to traffic, has compiled rating of world cities with the longest traffic jams. The study analyzed traffic situations in 1064 megacities from 38 countries. The study did not rank cities in Japan and China because INRIX does not collect its data there.
• Here's what the top ten most traffic-congested cities on Earth look like.
In Miami, traffic congestion increases by 40% during the morning rush hour and by 60% during the evening. The absence of shocks in the American economy, the continued process of urbanization, growth in employment and low gas prices contribute to an increase in the number of cars not only on the roads of Miami, but also in other cities of the stronghold of democracy.
Small consolation for Parisians is that they look at the bumper of the car in front of them less than residents of London or Moscow.
It's a popular city, with traffic jams costing motorists about $1 in lost revenue. In general, the losses from traffic jams for the city amount to about 861 billion dollars.
Despite Brexit, UK fuel prices have remained low and employment has risen to an 11-year high. These reasons have affected the intensity of traffic on London's roads and contributed to the increase in the duration of the "resorption" of traffic jams.
6. Sao Paulo
Brazil in general and Sao Paulo in particular are notorious for their traffic jams. The city even had to launch an Uber helicopter taxi service from the airport to the city center to counter surprisingly long travel times on the roads. But despite such measures, São Paulo is consistently on the list of the worst cities for motorists. On June 10, 2009, a 293-kilometer traffic jam was recorded there – the longest in the city's history. It was the result of a huge number of people wishing to leave the city on the eve of the feast of the Body of Christ, as well as rain that did not stop for several hours. And judging by the results of the INRIX study, the situation on the roads in São Paulo is not improving over time.
The capital of Colombia is known not only as a city of magnificent old churches, original sculptures on the roofs and many museums (including the only Museum of Gold in the world with the largest collection of gold jewelry), but also as a city of eternal traffic jams. Therefore, if you decide to spend your vacation in Bogota, it is better to use buses (they travel on dedicated lines) or walk.
4. San Francisco
The city authorities argue that positive reasons for San Francisco are to blame for such long traffic jams – an increase in jobs and active entrepreneurial activity. The disadvantages of these phenomena for citizens, in addition to traffic jams, include environmental pollution and possibly an increase in the blood pressure of all road users.
3. New York
On the roads of the "Big Apple", as they say, the apple has nowhere to fall. Traffic picks up during the summer, when about 2 million New Yorkers travel on summer weekends. In addition, lower oil prices have saved about 45 cents per gallon for motorists compared to last year, and this has resulted in an increase in the number of cars on New York roads. The worst days for NYC drivers are Friday and Monday. Many city dwellers are trying to avoid the pain of long waits in traffic jams by resorting to alternative modes of transport. In New York, for example, almost a third of all citizens use public transport. That's more than any other city in the US.
In second place in the top 10 cities with the largest traffic jams is the Russian capital. In the morning rush hour in Moscow, about 106% of the workload is recorded, and in the evening this figure rises to 138%. The worst days of traffic were recorded in December, when traffic on the streets was slowed down due to heavy snowfalls.
1. Los Angeles
• When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on your way to and from work, Los Angeles is second to none. There is more traffic in this city than in San Francisco and New York. And the level of congestion on the road has increased by 10% over the past seven years. Back in 2013, drivers in Los Angeles were wasting not 104 hours, but 64 hours.
• According to INRIX experts, traffic jams cost drivers an average of $1400. The authors of the study also noted that the increase in the duration of traffic jams in 2016 reduced the quality of life in the cities studied, but the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future.