As Mexico City recovers from last week’s three-day pollution alert, drivers might be interested in a study on traffic congestion that ranked the country’s capital as the most congested city in the world.
Drivers in the megalopolis can expect to spend on average 59% extra travel time stuck in traffic at any time of the day, and up to 103% during evening peak periods versus a free-flow, or uncongested, situation.
It means an additional 219 hours of travel time per year.
That data comes from Traffic Index 2016, an annual report that lists cities with the most traffic congestion. The study is performed by TomTom, a Dutch company that produces navigation and mapping products and offers technological solutions for improving mobility.
The index collected traffic congestion data from 295 cities in 38 countries.
“Gridlocked traffic has become part of the everyday life of many motorists,” said TomTom spokesman Nick Cohn.
The mobility expert warned that drivers shouldn’t be waiting for authorities to improve traffic conditions, but instead take matters into their own hands. He suggested that by following five simple recommendations, waiting times in traffic jams could easily be reduced.
“Studies have shown that building new routes or freeways does little to alleviate congestion,” said Cohn, whose first recommendation is to have real-time traffic information at hand while driving.
His second recommendation is to follow the alternate routes suggested by navigational aid systems. He also suggested checking traffic conditions before beginning a trip, as well as considering a change in departure time.
Other options are alternative means of transportation, such as a bicycle, public transportation or even walking.
After Mexico City in the TomTom rankings was Bangkok at 57%, Istanbul 50%, Rio de Janeiro 47% and Moscow 44%.
In North America, Mexico City was followed by Los Angeles at 41%, San Francisco 36%, Vancouver 34% and New York 33%.
Looking at TomTom’s historical data, traffic congestion has increased 13% globally since 2008. While congestion in North America has increased by 17%, in Europe it is up by only 2%.
Source: Milenio (sp)