DC Traffic Congestion Ranks Sixth Worst in U.S., 15th Worst in World

Londoners spend a shocking average of 73 hours a year stuck in traffic jams

Londoners spend a shocking average of 73 hours a year stuck in traffic jams

According to data released Friday by the traffic-analytics company Inrix, Miami is the proud home of the world's 10th worst traffic-congestion.

A new analysis of traffic congestion around the world found Montreal to be the most gridlocked Canadian city, while Los Angeles took the overall top spot.

Angeleno drivers spent an average of 104 hours stuck in traffic a year ago during peak travel periods.

Though INRIX has previously conducted traffic rankings, a new methodology was used for 2016 - which "calculates the percentage of time that drivers spent in congestion at different periods of the day/week and on different parts of a city's road network". The Metro is not seen as a viable alternative, which explains why they chose to fritter their time away in traffic for many Los Angelinos. It also had the worst congestion among rich, developed economies, with drivers there spending an average of 42 hours per year fighting slow traffic.

Inrix defined congestion as a speed below "65 percent of the free-flow speed" on the typical road segment. The direct and indirect costs of this congestion to US drivers amounted to nearly $300 billion in 2016.

Atlanta congestion in 2016 cost drivers about $1,861.

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London is the UK's third most-congested city, with journey times on average increasing by 40% compared with clear roads.

Direct costs include the value of fuel and time wasted in congestion, while indirect costs include increases in prices for household goods from freight trucks sitting in traffic, according to the report.

Mexico City has retained its title as the world's most traffic congested city. "Despite the high costs of congestion in NY and other cities, American drivers, in general, have it easier than their German counterparts".

Avoiding peak hour trips through remote working and encouraging the efficient use of our roads through wider adoption of road user pricing could help cities to better manage road demand, Cookson said.

The solution, Pishue proposed, lies not just in adding highway lanes or creating more parking spaces, but in harnessing "big data, technology, connectivity".