116th -- Honolulu, HI USA, North America
- 19th Out of 297 cities in USA
- 21st Out of 319 cities in North America
- 116th Out of 1,360 cities in the world
- 11% Driving time spent in congestion in 2017
- 37 Peak hours spent in congestion in 2017
- 6.7 ICI-INRIX Congestion Index
||2017 ALL CITIES RANK (2016)
||2017 INRIX TRAFFIC SCORECARD RANK (2016)
||HOURS SPENT IN CONGESTION
| Honolulu, HI
HONOLULU -- Driving Time Spent in Congestion -- In and out of Town – Rush hours, Midday, Night, Weekends
Los Angeles Tops INRIX Global Congestion Ranking
Congestion cost U.S. drivers nearly $305 Billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver
- INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard analyzes and ranks the impact of traffic congestion in 1,360 cities across 38 countries worldwide – the largest ever study of its kind
- Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities for the sixth straight year, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, followed by Moscow and New York (tied at 91 hours), Sao Paulo (86 hours) and San Francisco (79 hours)
- The U.S. accounted for 10 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion
- New York’s Cross Bronx Expressway topped the list as the U.S.’s worst corridor for the third year in a row, with the average driver wasting 118 hours per year
- The most improved U.S. city was South Bend, Indiana with a 25 percent reduction in peak hours spent in congestion since 2016. Several Texas cities also saw significant improvement, including El Paso (-13 percent), Austin (-9 percent) and Dallas (-9 percent)
News Release from INRIX, Inc.
Kirkland, WA – February 5, 2018 – INRIX, Inc., the world leader in transportation analytics and connected car services, today published its annual Global Traffic Scorecard. INRIX analyzed 1,360 cities – up by nearly 300 cities from the 2016 Scorecard – across 38 countries. Based on the findings, the U.S. ranked as the most congested developed country in the world, with drivers spending an average of 41 hours a year in traffic during peak hours, which cost drivers nearly $305 billion in 2017, an average of $1,445 per driver1.
The U.S. had three of the top five most congested cities globally, with Los Angeles (first), New York (tied for second with Moscow) and San Francisco (fifth) costing an economic drain upwards of $2.5 billion caused by traffic. Angelenos spent an average of 102 hours last year in traffic jams during peak congestion hours, costing drivers $2,828 each and the city $19.2 billion from direct and indirect costs. Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, and indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to households through higher prices.
Despite the high costs of congestion in Los Angeles and other cities, American drivers, in general, had it easier than their German counterparts. At $1,770, congestion cost the average German driver 57 percent more than an American, after adjusting for exchange rates and the cost of living. Detroit had the lowest cost of congestion among the top 25 U.S. cities, at $1,256 per driver, and ranked among the bottom in all three categories of costs: commuting, business and leisure/other.
“Congestion costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars, and threatens future economic growth and lowers our quality of life,” said Dr. Graham Cookson, Chief Economist 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.”
Interestingly, both New York and San Francisco, the second- and third-ranked cities in North America (91 and 79 hours spent in congestion respectively), have a similar average congestion rate as Los Angeles (13 percent), but show different commute patterns. San Francisco, for example, had the highest congestion rate (tied with Boston) on arterial and city streets during the peak commute hours, while New York holds the top spot during the daytime….
How the U.S. Cities Compare to Top Cities Worldwide
At the global level, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 peak hours in congestion in 2017, followed by Moscow (91 hours), New York (91 hours), San Francisco (79 hours) and Bogota (75 hours)….
Of the 38 countries covered by the INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard, Thailand leads with the highest average hours spent in peak congestion (56 hours), outranking Indonesia (51 hours) and Columbia (49 hours), followed by Venezuela (42), and the U.S. and Russia both with 41 hours. Among developed nations, U.S. and Russia shared top of the most congested countries in the world….
Good data is the first step in tackling congestion. Applying big data to create intelligent transportation systems is key to solving
urban mobility problems. INRIX data and analytics on traffic, parking and population movement help city planners and engineers make data-based decisions to prioritize spending in order to maximize benefits and reduce costs now and for the future.
The key findings of the INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard provide a quantifiable benchmark for governments and cities across the world to measure progress to improve urban mobility and track the impact of spending on smart city initiatives.
Please visit www.inrix.com/scorecard for:
- Full 2017 Traffic Scorecard report including tables of all rankings for North America, United States and globally
- Global infographics
- Interactive webpage with data and information for all 1,361 cities and 38 countries
- Complete methodology