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Latin American and European cities dominate list of world's most congested cities


Agence France-Presse

 /  Tue, March 10, 2020  /  03:08 pm
Latin American and European cities dominate list of world's most congested cities

Huge congestions of vehicles are seen during peak hours in Bogota on January 29, 2009. (AFP/Mauricio Duenas)

Bogota tops a scorecard of the most congested cities in the world, where drivers lose an average of 191 hours a year to traffic jams. 

Of the 900 cities across 43 countries studied, the Colombian capital was given the dubious title of most congested city in the world in the 2019 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard. 

The report calculates time lost in congestion and uses peak, off-peak and free flow data to commute areas within a city.  

Overall, Latin American and European cities dominate the top 10 list, with Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City rounding out the top three spots. 

In the US, Boston was ranked the most congested city, with the average commuter in the metro area losing 149 hours a year, at a financial toll of $2,205 per driver in lost time. 

Overall, the average American lost 99 hours to congestion and $88 billion in 2019, or an average of $1,377 a year per year.  

Read also: Bangalore and Manila world's worst cities for traffic

At the other end of the spectrum, Wichita, Kansas posted the lowest congestion levels. 

Here are the world's worst cities for congestion: 

1. Bogota, Colombia 
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
3. Mexico City, Mexico 
4. Istanbul, Turkey 
5. Sao Paulo, Brazil 
6. Rome, Italy 
7. Paris, France 
8. London, UK 
9. Boston, USA 
10. Chicago, USA 

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