How Much Time and Money Did Drivers Lose in 2018’s Gridlocks?

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The world’s roads were officially even more congested in 2018 that in the year before: American drivers lost $1,348 each because of traffic jams, Columbians living in Bogota wasted 272 hours of their lives standing still in a car, and Dubliners driving downtown did so at pretty much walking speeds.
These are only a few of the interesting facts made public this week by INRIX, a company specializing in the analysis of mobility data. Their report, titled 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, takes into account 500 TB of data gathered from “300 million different sources“ from 200 cities in 38 countries,

Which means these results are likely to be quite accurate, and we’re pretty much screwed.

In the U.S. the most congested city seems to have been Boston, with each driver there spending on average 164 hours standing still last year. Then comes Washington D.C. (155 hours) and Chicago (138 hours). The world’s most gridlocked city in 2017, Los Angeles, moved up in the world and now ranks only fifth.

“Congestion costs Americans billions of dollars each year. It will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come,” said in a statement Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX.

“If we’re to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, we must invest in intelligent transportation systems to tackle our mobility challenges.”

The congestion scourge is of course a global phenomenon, as seen from this report, but some areas do stand out from the crowd. In the list of top eight most congested cities in the world, South America managed to squeeze in four names: Bogota (Columbia), Mexico City (Mexico), Sao Paolo (Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Europe comes next, with three cities spread from west to east: London (UK), Istanbul (Turkey) and Moscow (Russia). The U.S. has only one city in the top eight, Boston.

In the document attached below you will find all the details of the report as released by INRIX.
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