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- Traffic congestion is increasingly becoming a global issue, with drivers spending nearly 50% of their driving time in traffic in some cities around the world.
- Increasing congestion means increased costs for drivers, with United States drivers alone spending almost $300 billion on traffic-related costs last year according to USA Today.
- The 2017 Inrix Global Scorecard, which was released in February, names the most congested cities around the world and how much driving time is actually spent sitting in traffic in each city.
Earlier this year, Inrix released their comprehensive list of the most congested cities in the world, based on 2017 statistics. Around the world, traffic congestion is increasingly problematic, with drivers in some cities spending upwards of 100 hours per year sitting in peak time traffic. Not only is this costing valuable time, but it is costing billions of dollars as well.
Of the 1,360 cities studied, Los Angeles was deemed the most congested city in the world for the second year running. See what other cities made the top seven:
7. London, England drivers spend about 74 additional hours per year driving in congestion, the second-most congested city in Europe.
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6. Bogota, Colombia drivers spend 30% of their driving time in traffic, which is down from 32% last year.
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5. San Francisco, California drives spend around 79 hours in traffic at peak times , a decrease from last year.
4. Sao Paolo, Brazil drivers spend 22% of their driving time in traffic, about 86 hours during peak times in 2017.
3. New York, New York drivers spend 91 hours sitting in traffic, an increase from last year’s 89 hours.
2. Moscow, Russia is the most congested city in Europe, with drivers spending 26% of driving time sitting in traffic.
1. Los Angeles, California holds onto the #1 spot for most congested city in the world, with drivers averaging 102 hours spent in congestion during peak hours.