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Mexico City is 'Most Traffic Congested City' in world

Posted on March 29, 2016

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TomTom
Mexico City has taken the top spot as the city with the most traffic congestion, according to a new report. Drivers in the Mexican capital can expect to spend on average, 59% extra travel time stuck in traffic anytime of the day, and up to 103% in the evening peak periods versus a free flow, or uncongested, situation — adding-up to 219** hours of extra travel time per year, per the results of the TomTom Traffic Index 2016 released by TomTom (TOM2).

Next in the rankings are Bangkok (57%), Istanbul (50%), Rio de Janeiro (47%), and Moscow (44%), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.

Using data from 2015, the Traffic Index looks at the traffic congestion situation in 295 cities in 38 countries on six continents — from Rome to Rio, Singapore to San Francisco. TomTom works with 14 trillion data points that have been accumulated over eight years.

Congestion Up, Globally
Looking at the company’s historical data, it’s clear that traffic congestion is up by 13% globally since 2008. But, interestingly, there are shocking differences between continents. While North America’s traffic congestion has increased by 17%, Europe as has only increased by 2%. It could be suggested that this points to economic growth in North America, and Economic depression in the rest of Europe. This European figure could be heavily influenced by Southern European countries such as Italy (-7%) and Spain (-13%) where there has been a marked drop in traffic congestion in the past eight years.



“We really want everybody to think about how they can lower the amount of time they waste in traffic every day – and to realise that we all need to play a part," said Ralf-Peter Schaefer, VP TomTom Traffic. "If even just five percent of us changed our travel plans, we’d improve travel times on our major highways by up to thirty per cent***. Collectively, we can all work together to beat traffic congestion.”

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TomTom
People can find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, and discover where their home city ranks at www.tomtom.com/trafficindex. There’s also helpful advice on beating traffic congestion, as well as independent analysis. And, for the first time, a selection of ‘Profile Cities’ provide insight into what they are doing to improve mobility.

Ranking of the most congested cities globally in 2015 (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mexico City

59%

6

Bucharest

43%

2

Bangkok

57%

7

Salvador

43%

3

Istanbul

50%

8

Recife

43%

4

Rio De Janeiro

47%

9

Chengdu

41%

5

Moscow

44%

10

Los Angeles

41%

Ranking of the most congested cities in Europe in 2015 (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Moscow

44%

6

London

38%

2

Bucharest

43%

7

Marseille

38%

3

Saint-Petersburg

40%

8

Manchester

37%

4

Warsaw

38%

9

Athens

36%

5

Rome

38%

10

Paris

36%

Ranking of the most congested cities in North America in 2015 (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mexico City

59%

6

Seattle

31%

2

Los Angeles

41%

7

San Jose

30%

3

San Francisco

36%

8

Honolulu

29%

4

Vancouver

34%

9

Toronto

28%

5

New York

33%

10

Miami

28%

*Since 2008 when TomTom’s records started

** Extra travel time during peak hours compared to an hour of driving during free flow conditions, multiplied by 230 working days per year

*** Reference: https://people.hofstra.edu/geotrans/eng/methods/highwaysfd.html

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