Los Angeles Named World's Most Congested City, Water Still Wet

It found that drivers in the UK's biggest towns and cities spent an average of five days stuck in traffic last year, with journey times in Sheffield at peak periods having increased by five per cent over the last five years.

For the first time, the INRIX Traffic Scorecard also includes the direct and indirect costs of congestion to all USA drivers, which amounted to almost $300 billion in 2016, an average of $1,400 per driver1. The study noted that, out of 64 hours spent in traffic previous year, nearly a quarter of that waiting time was during rush hour in the Asian city of angels.

NY ranked third, with drivers there averaging 89 hours stuck in traffic previous year and San Francisco ranked fourth.

Forbes previously ranked Mexico City, Bangkok, Istanbul, and Rio as the four worst offenders, and only one USA city (LA, of course) made the top ten. In LA, for instance, there's a $9.6-billion price tag for traffic congestion, which covers wasted fuel and time as well as freight and business fees from company vehicles that idled in traffic.

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. The INRIX 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard uses a new methodology to provide a data-rich evaluation of urban travel, traffic health and vibrancy for over 1,000 cities around the world.

We're No. 1! Unfortunately, we are No. 1 for time wasted in traffic.

Interstate 95 in NY westbound from Exit 6A (I-278) to Exit 2 (Trans-Manhattan Expressway) had a total of 86 hours of delay with the afternoon the worst peak period. Boston ranked just behind Istanbul and ahead of Chicago.

Along with the capital, Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Edinburgh make up the UK's five most congested cities.

But that compares to 104 hours lost in Los Angeles, and 91 in Moscow.

Seattle's traffic ranked the tenth worst in the US based on time stuck in traffic.

And that sword will only continue swinging, economists say, as driving demand continues to grow while roadway supply remains flat. Average congested speeds during the daytime within the two cities are just 4.9 miles per hour.

With 12 percent of the drive time congested, New York City and San Francisco have the highest weekend congestion rates out of the major cities studied. The same can be stated about Oaxaca, Mexico, where the slowest traffic recorded across all congested periods drove at 3.6 miles per hour (5.9 km/h).

Drivers here were delayed an average 55 hours past year in peak times, ranking between Jakarta and Zurich, the report found. Manhattan, New York placed third internationally and second place in America with 89 hours.

  • Essie Rivera