Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Places With Worst Traffic in The World in 2017, most congested cities. Do you waste hours every week sitting in your car stuck in a traffic jam? Well, if you regularly drive in one of the following 10 cities then there could be a reason for it. Every year TomTom releases a list of the most congested cities around the world 2017. The TomTom traffic index assesses data from 295 cities in 38 countries across 6 continents. The data for 2015, which is the most up to date data we have, is the 5th report from TomTom. It shows us that traffic congestion has increased by 13% since 2008 and the number of vehicles on the roads is still increasing! Interestingly, traffic in North America has increased by 17%, whereas in Europe it has only gone up by 2%.So, let’s take a look at which cities made it to the top ten most congested cities 2017.
List of Top 10 Places With Worst Traffic in The World 2017
10. Los Angeles, USA
LA is the second largest city in the United States and might be the centre of the famous film and television industry but it also has the worst congestion in The country, with a rate of 40% of journey time or 64 hours of time spent wasted in the car. This results in gridlock for much of the time! the problem is actually getting worse as this result was 5 hours longer than The 2012 survey.
9. Chengdu, China
Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China and more than 10 million people live there. the city has grown rapidly and the city airport is in the top 30 busiest airports in the world. All of these people and growth as well as more and more Chinese people buying cars has resulted in really bad traffic. It just cuts ahead of Los Angeles with 41% of journey time spent in traffic.
8. Recife, Brazil
Recife is not the best known of cities in Brazil by outsiders but it has made it on to this list for its awful traffic situation. It is a commercial hub and is actually the sixth largest urban centre in Brazil, located up in the north east of the country. Congestion is rising year on year and currently stands at 43% of journey time.
7. Salvador, Brazil
The second Brazilian city to make it on to the list, Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia and the third largest city in the country. As a major port, it houses about 4 million people. Congestion is an average of 43% but can rise much higher at rush hour or in the evenings.
6. Bucharest, Romania
Just under 2 million people live in the Romanian capital and it is a centre of finance, industry and culture. Congestion stands at 43% on average, by far the worst rate in the country. The average evening journey is said to be delayed by 24 minutes.
5. Moscow, Russia
Moscow, the capital city of Russia, rates as having the worst congestion in Europe, at 44%. Evening rush hour can sometimes rise however to 138% meaning that Muscovy drivers spend about 127 hours in traffic every year. When there is heavy snowfall in winter traffic can get a lot worse although the city authorities are used to dealing with bad weather conditions. Interestingly Russia’s second city and old capital, Saint Petersburg missed out on the the top 10 list, but only by one percentage point showing that there isn’t actually much between these two cities. With most of the Russian population living in or moving to these areas traffic is likely to get worse in time.
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The third and final Brazilian city to be featured on this list of top 10 places with worst Traffic 2017, Rio has a congestion rate of 47% and most drivers spend well over 100 hours a year stuck in traffic. Rapid population growth, very poor infrastructure and little investment has meant that Rio is often in gridlock. During the recent Olympic and Paralympic games this was not raised as an issue but for most of the city they are completely aware of the day to day problems.
3. Istanbul, Turkey
We reach 50% congestion levels in the Turkish capital and most congested city, Istanbul. Commuters face awful journey times, with 30 minute delays standard and over the course of the year upwards of 130 hours can be spent in traffic jams. Istanbul needs to do something soon as the problem continues to get worse!
2. Bangkok, Thailand
The crown for the worst congestion in Asia goes to Bangkok in Thailand. It is a tourist hotspot but the awful congestion problem is mainly due to the increase in the numbers of private cars on the roads. Drivers often have to allow for well over twice the amount of time needed when setting off on a journey through the city. Congestion levels are 57%.
1. Mexico City, Mexico
We are finally there and the crown of the worst congestion in the entire world goes to the capital of Mexico, Mexico City, home to nearly 9 million people. Every year drivers will spend over 215 hours in traffic! Congestion levels are a massive 59%. It overtook Istanbul as the most congested city in the world and the problems continue to get worse. As a vital financial centre, and indeed one of the biggest in the world, Mexico City looks likely to continue to grow and as it spreads outwards more and more people will be community, meaning that traffic will only get worse.
So, there we have it, the worst ten places with worst Traffic in the world 2017 when looking at their congestion levels. With car ownership growing substantially in developing countries it is likely that these nations will become more congested over time. There is a need to educate people about sustainable transport and to develop successful and affordable public transport networks in cities that people can be proud of and use.