Los Angeles is Most Congested North American city

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2012

Los Angeles has the worst congestion in the entire North American continent, according to GPS manufacturer TomTom. L.A. got first place in its North American Congestion Index for the second quarter of 2012. L.A. had a congestion of 34% while Vancouver got 33%. The third spot went to San Francisco with 29%. Things may get worse next quarter since the congestion level has gone up by 3% since the last report. In addition, TomTom said that traffic in Minneapolis (16%) and Houston (21%) has significantly increased by 2 and 3%, respectively. Montreal comes after San Francisco with 28%, and Toronto slots in at 27%, which means that Canada has three of the top five most congested cities in North America.

New York is in eighth place with 25% congestion after Washington and Seattle, which are both at 27%. On the other hand, the least congested is Phoenix, Ariz., at 12%. Some cities have the same weekly congestion patterns, with Monday evening and Friday mornings have the least amount of congestion, while Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings have the worst.

During the worst peak hours, driving in Ottawa (No. 12 on the index) will mean a delay of 44 minutes. In Montreal, the delay is 40 minutes while in Los Angeles, it’s 38 minutes. Outside the continent, Istanbul, Turkey is the worst at 57%, which could mean that the commute time is double when caught in the peak hours. Second place goes to Warsaw, Poland and third place belongs to Marseille, France, with 45 and 42%, respectively. At 30%, Stockholm has the least congestion of the index.

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