Los Angeles Worst Top Spot for Traffic Times NYC, San Francisco, San Jose & Seattle Also Congested

TomTom , the location technology specialist, today released the TomTom Traffic Index, a report that provides drivers, city planners, auto manufacturers and policy makers with unbiased statistics and information about congestion levels in 403 cities across 56 countries around the world. Now in its eighth year, the TomTom Traffic Index offers the most-data driven insight into congestion in urban areas and ideas about how traffic can be alleviated.

Los Angeles takes the top spot in the U.S. this year with drivers spending an average of 41 percent extra travel time stuck in traffic. Following Los Angeles, the top five most congested cities in the U.S. are rounded out by New York, N.Y. (36 percent), San Francisco (34 percent), San Jose, Calif. (32 percent), and Seattle, Wash. (31 percent), respectively.

Ranking of the most congested cities in U.S (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Los Angeles, CA

41%

6

Miami, FL

30%

2

New York, NY

36%

7

Chicago, IL

28%

3

San Francisco, CA

34%

8

Washington, D.C.

28%

4

San Jose, CA

32%

9

Honolulu, HI

28%

5

Seattle, WA

31%

10

Atlanta, GA

26%

The Global Picture: Congestion on the Rise
Traffic congestion has increased globally during the past decade, and nearly 75 percent of the cities TomTom includes in the new Traffic Index report had increased or stable congestion levels between 2017 and 2018, with only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.

Ralf-Peter Schaefer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information, said: “Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good and bad news. It’s good because traffic increases often indicate a strong economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact.”

Significant differences appear when comparing continents: for example, many of the biggest decreases were found in Asia, with most significant dips found in Jakarta (-8%), while nearly every city in South America posted increases, the largest (8%) identified in Lima, Peru.

North America’s top five most congested cities are Mexico City (52%), Los Angeles (41%), Vancouver (38%), New York (36%), and San Francisco (34%).

Hope on the Horizon
In the U.S., cities can learn from Portland, Ore. and Salt Lake City, Utah, where congestion improved by 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Both cities have found success deploying traffic reduction measures, and for many years, invested heavily in sophisticated traffic light optimization, bike infrastructure, light rail transit, and reductions to parking availability. In New Haven, Conn., the city has embraced integrated transit, bicycle, and pedestrian options and to ensure job growth happens in locations with non-car commuting options which has also resulted in a 2 percent congestion dip.

Nick Cohn, Senior Traffic Expert, TomTom, comments: “Traffic congestion is a fact of life for every driver – and this year’s Traffic Index results show that the problem isn’t going away. Although it’s no surprise that cities like Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco continue to rank at the top of the list as the most congested cities in the U.S. due to various factors, we’ve been pleased to uncover some positive developments in cities like Portland and Salt Lake City, which might serve as examples for other cities.”

TomTom has been collecting traffic information and providing traffic services for nearly a decade, allowing drivers to make smarter choices in route planning and avoiding congestion. TomTom’s work on the future of driving – from high definition maps for autonomous vehicles, to efficient electric vehicle routing and charging – means that car makers, technology companies, road authorities and governments already have the tools to make the roads less congested.

Ranking of the most congested cities Globally (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mumbai, India

65%

6

Istanbul, Turkey

53%

2

Bogota, Colombia

63%

7

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

3

Lima, Peru

58%

8

Bangkok, Thailand

53%

4

New Delhi, India

58%

9

Mexico City, Mexico

52%

5

Moscow, Russia

56%

10

Recife, Brazil

49%

Ranking of the most congested cities in Europe (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Moscow, Russia

56%

6

Novosibirsk, Russia

44%

2

Istanbul, Turkey

53%

7

Athens, Greece

40%

3

Bucharest, Romania

48%

8

Rome, Italy

39%

4

Saint Petersburg, Russia

47%

9

Warsaw, Poland

39%

5

Kiev, Ukraine

46%

10

Yekaterinburg, Russia

37%

Ranking of the most congested cities in North America (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mexico City, Mexico

52%

6

Toronto, Canada

32%

2

Los Angeles, USA

41%

7

San Jose, USA

32%

3

Vancouver, Canada

38%

8

Seattle, USA

32%

4

New York, USA

36%

9

Miami, USA

30%

5

San Francisco, USA

34%

10

Chicago, USA

28%

Ranking of the most congested cities in South America (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Bogota, Colombia

63%

6

Santiago, Chile

40%

2

Lima, Peru

58%

7

Salvador, Brazil

38%

3

Recife, Brazil

49%

8

Buenos Aires, Argentina

36%

4

Sao Paolo, Brazil

42%

9

Fortaleza, Brazil

35%

5

Rio De Janeiro

42%

10

Porto Alegre, Brazil

33%

Ranking of the most congested cities in Asia (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mumbai, India

65%

6

Tel Aviv, Israel

42%

2

New Delhi, India

58%

7

Zhuhai, China

42%

3

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

8

Guangzhou, China

42%

4

Bangkok, Thailand

53%

9

Tokyo, Japan

41%

5

Chongqing, China

44%

10

Beijing, China

40%

Ranking of the most congested cities in Africa (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Cairo, Egypt

44%

6

Durban, S. Africa

18%

2

Cape Town, S. Africa

31%

7

Bloemfontein, S. Africa

12%

3

Johannesburg, S. Africa

30%

4

Pretoria, S. Africa

25%

5

East London, S. Africa

20%

Ranking of the most congested cities in Australia and Oceania (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Sydney, Australia

34%

6

Adelaide, Australia

23%

2

Auckland, New Zealand

29%

7

Gold Coast, Australia

23%

3

Melbourne, Australia

29%

8

Hamilton, New Zealand

22%

4

Wellington, New Zealand

27%

9

Christchurch, New Zealand

21%

5

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