In London 6.5 days are wasted in queues, in Palermo 5: the ranking of the most congested cities in the world

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The citizens of London waste 156 hours a year stuck in queues, those of Bogota 122, those of Palermo 121: these are the data that emerge from the Global Traffic Scorecard 2022, the report by the data processing company Inrix, which contains four years of data on mobility developed to obtain a global analysis of the most congested areas of the world.

The ranking of the cities where the most time is wasted in trafficThe company has compiled a ranking of the most congested cities in the world taking into consideration 7 continents, 50 states and over 1,000 cities. In the lead, for the second consecutive year, is London, where those who hit the road spend an average of 6.5 days a year stuck in traffic. In the British capital, the rate of congestion has increased by 5% year-on-year and by 5% from pre-covid levels.

Chicago and Paris follow, where citizens spend 155 and 138 hours respectively in queues. Then there are Boston, New York and Bogota (122 hours), Palermo (121 hours, the only Italian city in the top ten), Toronto (118 hours), Philadelphia (114 hours) and Miami (105 hours). The positive fact is that in seven of the top ten cities, motorists still spent less time in traffic in 2022, the year globally defined as the year of return to normal, compared to before the pandemic.

The most congested Italian cities

If the field of study is restricted to Europe alone, Palermo slips into third place. The other Italian cities taken into consideration are then Rome, 13th globally with 107 hours lost on the road, which clearly detaches Turin (86 hours), Genoa (61 hours) and Milan (59). Time inevitably growing compared to 2020, the year in which the covid-19 pandemic reduced travel to a minimum and took millions of vehicles off the streets, thanks to the restrictions to reduce infections and the large-scale adoption of smart-working. What could not be foreseen for 2022, however, was the expensive energy and the increase in fuel prices, which, combined with the increase in traffic, have a significant impact on the global economy.

“Traffic congestion occurs when the demand for road travel exceeds the supply of roads – explain from Inrix – As vehicular traffic increases, drivers, freight carriers and public transport drivers waste time and consume fuel in a way unproductive. Freight delays, inflationary pressures and environmental impacts are generally exacerbated by traffic congestion, reducing quality of life around the world.

“Access to reliable data is the first step in tackling congestion”, Inrix underlines again, suggesting exploiting big data analysis to “create intelligent transport systems, the key to solving urban mobility problems”. It is on the processing of data relating to mobility, road signs, parking and population movements, that planners and engineers “should make decisions aimed at maximizing benefits and reducing costs now and in the future”.

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