Through the Global Traffic Scorecard, the INRIX company has calculated the number of hours drivers lose per year, as well as the money they spend on fuel.
Few things irritate drivers more than traffic jams in big cities. Throughout the year, we spend many hours standing in the middle of traffic and an American company specializing in analysis has produced a report on the ten cities in the world with the highest traffic.
Through the Global Traffic Scorecard, the INRIX company has calculated the number of hours that drivers lose per year, as well as the money they spend on fuel, as a result of these traffic jams. To do this, it is based on the analysis of a set of data collected.
Before going into details, the podium of the ten cities in the world with the highest traffic is occupied by two major European capitals and one major American city: London, with 156 hours of traffic per year, Chicago, with 155 hours, and Paris, with 138 hours.
1 London, the city in the world with the highest traffic
For the second consecutive year, London has the “honor” of leading the report on the ten cities in the world with the highest traffic.
The UK capital is the worst place to drive, with each average driver wasting 156 hours in traffic jams in 2022.
The second step of the podium in 2022 was occupied by Chicago, one of the main cities in the United States, in the state of Illinois, next to Lake Michigan.
On average, Chicago drivers spent 155 hours behind the wheel in traffic.
Paris takes the bronze medal in the Global Traffic Scorecard. Here, an average driver lost 138 hours in traffic jams.
Despite occupying third place, the French capital was the only city in the ranking where traffic decreased in the last 12 months.
In fact, last year, the city’s Deputy Mayor, Emmanuel Grégoire, and the Traffic Commissioner, David Belliard, announced a ban on non-essential traffic in the city center.
There are more North American cities in the INRIX report. Fourth place (second in the United States) is Boston, where drivers lost an average of 124 hours in traffic.
However, like Paris, Boston has seen an improvement over previous studies, as this northwestern US city was the most congested in the country before the pandemic.
The first large city in Latin America among the ten with the most traffic in the world is Bogotá.
The capital of Colombia ranked fifth in 2022, with an average of 122 hours.
We return to Europe, specifically, to the south of Italy to find the sixth city in the world with the highest traffic. It is the capital of Sicily, Palermo, one of the most populated cities in the Mediterranean.
With a very irregular layout and many narrow streets, drivers lost an average of 121 hours in traffic, just one less than Bogotá.
In seventh position we find the only city in Canada, with an average of 118 hours lost in traffic.
In addition, Toronto is one of the cities where the hours lost in traffic have increased the most since 2021, with an increase of 59%.
8 New York
Another city among the ten with the most traffic in the world is New York, something that should not surprise us.
Drivers in the city that never sleeps spent an average of 117 hours in traffic during 2022.
The second Spanish-American city with the most traffic in the world and where pollution is a problem is in Mexico and it is not Mexico City.
Monterrey reported a 66% increase in traffic and drivers lost 116 hours in traffic during 2022.
Closes the ranking of the ten cities in the world with the most traffic Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. Here, drivers lost an average of 114 hours in traffic jams.
It is striking that, with Philadelphia, the United States puts four cities in the ten of the ranking prepared by INRIX. Likewise, the absence of large Asian capitals stands out.