10 Most Traffic-Congested Cities of the World
Can You Guess The Top 10 Most Congested Cities In The World?
Updated October 2, 2018
If you are a commuter who regularly drive the freeways that service Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Houston, New York City, Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Honolulu, then you probably believe that no one in the entire world suffers as many debilitating hours stuck in traffic as you do. Yes, it is true that if you are a resident of one of the cities mentioned above, then you are mired in one of the 10 worst traffic congested cities in the United States. That alone justifies your complaining. But don’t wind so much, Americans because there are residents of other countries who have it much, much worse than you do when it comes to dealing with that massive traffic jam day after day.
The truth is that Los Angeles is the only American city among the worst 10 cities in the world as far as traffic is concerned and it barely cracks the list at number 10.
TomTom, manufacturer of GPS navigation systems and provider of travel services based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has studied the traffic woes of cities all over the world. Its findings are compiled and published as the Traffic Index every year.
In performing its yearly exam, TomTom has found that traffic has increased 13 percent worldwide since 2008. North America leads the world with a 17 percent increase over the last eight years. However, Europe’s traffic woes have increased by only 2 percent over the same period. Moreover, in some European cities including Spain and Italy, traffic congestion has actually dropped — -7 percent in Italy and -13 percent in Spain.
As far as data collected in 2015, here are the Top 10 Most Traffic-Congested Cities of the World. The order is based on the percentage of extra time a driver commutes during rush hour compared to non-rush hour periods.
1. Mexico City. Drivers spend 97 percent more time in morning rush hour than in non-rush hour and 94 percent more time in evening rush hour for an average of 59 percent extra travel time a day.
2. Bangkok. The morning peak commute adds 85 percent extra time and the evening commute increases by 114 percent for an average of 57 percent of extra driving time a day.
3. Istanbul. Morning peak time adds 62 percent; evening peak time adds 94 percent for an average of 50 percent extra travel time a day.
4. Rio de Janerio. Morning peak increases the commute time 66 percent compared to morning non-peak time and 79 percent more time for the evening peak compared to non-peak times for an average of 47 percent of extra travel time a day.
5. Moscow. Morning peak travel time is increased by 71 percent compared to non-peak travel time and evening peak travel time rises 91 percent for an average of 44 percent extra travel time a day.
6. Bucharest. Morning peak extra travel time is 83 percent compared to non-peak periods and evening peak travel time increases 87 percent compared to non-peak driving periods for an average travel time increase of 43 percent.
7. Salvador. Morning peak travel time increases 67 percent over non-peak travel time and evening peak travel time rises 74 percent compared to non-peak travel time for an average of 43 percent extra travel time a day.
8. Recife. Extra travel time during morning peak increases 72 percent and extra travel time during evening peak rises 75 percent for an average of 43 percent extra travel time a day.
9. Chengdu. Morning peak extra travel time is 72 percent compared to non-peak periods and evening peak extra time is 81 percent for an average of 41 percent extra travel time per day.
10. Los Angeles. Morning peak time up 60 percent; evening peak time up 81 percent for an average of 41 percent extra travel time.
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