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LAist pointed out that "Drivers in Gioia del Colle, Italy, (a town of about 28,000 in the heel of the boot) wasted only 2 hours in traffic in 2016".
The Inrix scorecard says Canada's top congested big cities pale in comparison, with Montreal in 23rd place and Toronto ranked 38th. That equated to $1,861 in direct and indirect costs, such as burned gasoline.
Experts have named us as the second most congested country in the world, behind China, with traffic congestion levels increasing by 5% since a year ago.
It's hoped the new Wear crossing will also combat congestion in our city as Greg Morrison from TomTom explains.
US drivers spent an average of 42 hours a year in traffic during the busiest commuting hours of the year, costing them about $300 billion collectively, or about $1,400 per driver, in squandered gas and time last year, according to the report.
According to Inrix, Miami's monolithic wall of rush-hour cars is costing the city $3.6 billion per year - more than all but four cities in the nation.
He recommends that governments use traffic data and technology to improve traffic flow as they explore new road projects and investments.
While congestion is the most severe in London - which was found to be the seventh worst city out of more than 1,000 analysed around the world - the A1 southbound from College Gardens in Belfast to Wallace Park in Lisburn is the most congested traffic corridor in the UK. The figure is calculated by measuring extra travel time during peak hours against situations in which there is no congestion. Average speeds drop to 4mph in the city centre at peak times, according to the report by traffic data specialists INRIX.
There's hardly a worldwide consensus on what city's commuters have it the worst. Bangkok, if you're curious, was 12th overall with 64 hours of traffic annually.
An economic analysis was performed to estimate the total cost to the average driver in a city, and a total cost to the city population.
Businesses moving about the centres of Exeter and London also suffer badly from congestion, sitting in traffic in the "city centre" 17% and 16% of the time respectively during the day.
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