Portland traffic congestion is getting worse

The worst congested cities of 2017 have been revealed

Portland traffic congestion is getting worse

NY businesses suffered the most from congestion with an average of 14% travel time on weekdays in gridlock and where drivers wasted the most daytime hours stuck in traffic in the entire country. Topping that list was a stretch of Interstate 95 between Manhattan and the Bronx in New York City, where drivers spent an average of 118 hours in congestion.

But Los Angeles had lower peak period tie-ups than San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and Portland.

The report says 7 percent of driving time was spent in Minneapolis congestion in 2017 - and 41 peak hours spent in traffic jams.

Drivers in the French-speaking city spend an average of 52 hours in relatively slow traffic every year while that figure is 51 hours in Zurich, according to the newly released Global Traffic Scorecard from USA firm INRIX which specializes in traffic analytics.

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- The average Atlanta driver lost 70 hours to traffic congestion past year, making it one of the worst cities in the world for traffic.

NRIX tallied up data on 1,360 of the world's most congested cities, and Miami came in 10th on the Global Traffic Scorecard rank. This accounts for wasted fuel and time, as well as indirect outcome such as inflated prices of goods caused by extra freighting fees.

Congestion across the US, UK and Germany cost nearly $461 billion in 2017 or $975 per capita.

According to a report on TomTom, commuters typically spend an extra 108 hours a year sitting in traffic.

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That makes the capital the second most congested city in Europe - behind only Moscow.

Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Edinburgh were the UK's next four most congested major cities.

Professor Graham Cookson, chief economist at Inrix, said: "Combined with the rising price of motoring, the cost of congestion is astonishing". New York City (tie) 2. Los Angeles was followed by New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami in the USA list.

A new study has confirmed what we all know, that the Bay Area traffic is bad, but now we're finding out just how bad. Although there is certainly overlap on some of those, these congestion studies and others clearly use different cities and sample sizes.

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Kirkland, Washington-based INRIX specializes in transportation analytics.

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