- With more than 6 billion people, the world is a crowded place and people need to get around.
- Transportation data firm INRIX Research released a study of the most congested cities in the world.
- The study evaluated the traffic congestion in 1,360 cities in 38 countries and scored Los Angeles as the most congested city on Earth for commuters.
- Overpopulation and inadequate infrastructure team up to make for horrible commutes.
With more than six billion people, the world is getting to be a crowded place and those six people need to get around. More moving bodies in the world’s largest cities mean some commutes are truly awful experiences.
In 2018, the transportation data firm INRIX Research released a list of the most congested cities in the world, which studied 1,360 cities in 38 countries and scored Los Angeles as the most congested city on earth for commuters.
"It is clear that congestion is a global phenomenon, and impacts businesses as well as commuters, small cities as well as large ones and developing as well as developed economies," INRIX wrote in the study.
According to the study, congestion cost US commuters more than $305 billion in 2017, that represents an increase of $10 billion over the previous year.
This is not a new problem. In 2004, Brookings released a study that concluded population growth could damage a city’s transportation capacity.
Today, notable European cities suffering from congestion problems and horrible commutes include Moscow and London, while Bangkok and Jakarta are two cities in Asia that are experiencing clogged roads and packed subways.
Here’s a closer look at the seven cities the worst commutes in the world according to INRIX along with a selection of four other major cities in the top 25.
1. Los Angeles. The INRIX study for "The City of Angels" to have the most stressful commute in the U.S. In fact, the average commuter in LA spends over 100 hours a year in traffic jams.
Being stuck in traffic costs each driver more than $2,800 per year.
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Source: INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard
Things have gotten so bad in L.A. that the city has even instituted High Occupancy Vehicle lanes—or "carpool lanes"—for in its highways, creating a separate traffic lane for those cars who are carrying two or more passengers in a single journey.
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