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INRIX: Congestion Costs Each American 97 hours, $1,348 A Year

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KIRKLAND, Wash., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- INRIX, Inc., the world leader in mobility analytics and connected car services, today published the 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard that identified and ranked congestion and mobility trends in more than 200 cities, across 38 countries. Americans lost an average of 97 hours a year due to congestion, costing them nearly $87 billion in 2018, an average of $1,348 per driver.

INRIX provides unique insight into the movement of people and commerce across transportation networks worldwide. Our services help millions of drivers find a better way to go as well as help cities make our transportation networks work smarter. (PRNewsfoto/INRIX)

In the U.S., the 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard analyzed congestion and the severity of it in the top 60 urban areas. Boston (164 hours lost due to congestion) and Washington D.C. (155 hours) ranked as the most congested two cities in the U.S., over 15 hours per year more than the next most congested cities, Chicago (138 hours) and Seattle (138 hours). While famous for its congestion, Los Angeles' (ranked fifth in impact; 128 hours lost in 2018) constant gridlock does not have the severity as the other top-ranked cities due to its sprawling geography and massive road network.

Boston drivers lost up to $2,291 per year due to congestion, followed by Washington D.C. ($2,161), Seattle ($1,932), Chicago ($1,920) and New York City ($1,859). Wichita, Kan., had the lowest cost of congestion among the U.S. cities studied at $304 per driver.

New York City was also one of the country's most congested metros, with the 'last mile' taking drivers seven minutes. In contrast, Los Angeles (four minutes) has employment across a wider geographic area, preventing severe downtown congestion experienced in more centralized cities.

"Congestion costs Americans billions of dollars each year. It will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come," said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst 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."

Table 1: 10 Most Congested Urban Areas in the U.S.

2018 Impact
Rank (2017)

Urban Area

Hours Lost
in
Congestion
(Rank 2018)

Year Over
Year Change

Intercity Last
Mile-Travel
Time
(minutes)

Intercity
Last-Mile
Speed
(MPH)

Cost of
Congestion
(per driver)

Cost of
Congestion
(per city)

1 (1)

Boston, MA

164 (1)

-10%

6

11

$2,291

$4.1B

2 (2)

Washington,
DC

155 (2)

-3%

5

11

$2,161

$4.6B

3 (5)

Chicago, IL

138 (4)

4%

5

12

$1,920

$6.2B

4 (3)

New York
City, NY

133 (5)

-4%

7

9

$1,859

$9.5B

5 (4)

Los Angeles,
CA

128 (6)

0%

4

14

$1,788

$9.3B

6 (6)

Seattle, WA

138 (3)

0%

6

10

$1,932

$2.9B

7 (11)

Pittsburgh, PA

127 (7)

5%

5

13

$1,776

$1.2B

8 (7)

San
Francisco,
CA

116 (9)

-5%

6

10

$1,624

$3.4B

9 (10)

Philadelphia,
PA

112 (10)

0%

6

10

$1,568

$3.3B

10 (8)

Portland, OR

116 (8)

-9%

5

13

$1,625

$1.4B

The Most Congested Corridors in the U.S.

For the fourth year in a row, the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in New York City tops the INRIX list of worst corridors, with drivers wasting a total of 114 hours per year at peak hours in congestion. The list of corridors is dominated by the Top 5 most congested cities in the U.S., accounting for nine of the 10 worst. Surprisingly, Washington D.C., number two in the most congested cities ranking, does not have any corridors that appear on the list. Despite extreme levels of congestion, traffic is diffusely across the region and concentrated to a high degree on major arterials.

Table 2: 10 Most Congested U.S. Roads in 2018

Rank

City

Road Name

From

To

Daily Delay
(minutes)

Yearly Delay
(hours)

1

New York
City

Cross Bronx
Expressway

Bruckner
Expressway

Trans Manhattan
Expressway

29

114

2

Chicago

I-94|I-90

Stevenson
Expressway

I-294

26

102

3

Chicago

I-290 (Eisenhower
Expressway)

I-94

I-294

23

93

4

Los Angeles

I-10

I-405

I-110

19

74

5

Pittsburgh

I-376

I-79

Pennsylvania
Turnpike

18

72

6

Philadelphia

I-76

I-476

I-676

13

53

7

Boston

I-93

Massachusetts
Ave. Connector

Braintree

13

53

8

New York
City

I-278 Brooklyn
Queens Expressway

Long Island
Expressway

Manhattan
Bridge

13

51

9

Los Angeles

I-5

Hollywood

I-110

13

50

10

New York
City

I-87 Major Deegan
Expressway

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

Cross Bronx
Expressway

12

49

How U.S. Cities Compare to Top Cities Worldwide

At the global level, Moscow topped the list of the world's most gridlocked cities (210 hours lost due to congestion) when weighting for population, followed by Istanbul, Bogota, Mexico City and São Paulo. The dominance of Latin American cities should not be a surprise due to their rapid urbanization, high levels of informal settlements, unforgiving topographies and financial volatility. Boston was the only U.S. representative in the top 10 most congested cities in the world.

Table 3: 10 Most Congested Cities in the World in 2018

2018 Impact
Rank (2017)

Urban Area

Country

Region

Hours Lost in
Congestion
(Rank 2018)

Year Over
Year Change

1 (1)

Moscow

Russia

Europe

210 (10 )

-12%

2 (3)

Istanbul

Turkey

Europe

157 (32 )

6%

3 (2)

Bogota

Colombia

South America

272 (1 )

-5%

4 (4)

Mexico City

Mexico

South America

218 (9 )

3%

5 (5)

São Paulo

Brazil

South America

154 (39 )

-1%

6 (6)

London

United Kingdom

Europe

227 (6 )

1%

7 (8)

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

South America

199 (13 )

15%

8 (7)

Boston, MA

United States

North America

164 (25 )

-6%

9 (9)

Saint Petersburg

Russia

Europe

200 (12 )

-5%

10 (13)

Rome

Italy

Europe

254 (2 )

16%

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 2018 Global 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 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard report, including rankings for the U.S., U.K. and Germany
  • Global infographic
  • Interactive webpage with data and information for more than 200 cities and 38 countries
  • Complete methodology

Notes to Editors:
Data Sources
INRIX analyzed 500 Terabytes of data from 300 million different sources covering over 5 million miles of road. The data used in the 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard is the congested or uncongested status of every segment of road for every minute of the day, as used by millions of drivers around the world that rely on INRIX-based traffic services.

Research Methodology
The INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard is not directly comparable to the 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard due to different metrics and criteria of analysis. The 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard measured time spent in congestion for the median commuter whereas the 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard not only analyzes time lost, but also the severity of congestion.

The 2018 INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard calculates time lost in congestion by employing peak, off-peak and free flow data. Peak corresponds to the absolute worst portion of the morning and afternoon commute. Off-peak is the low point between the peak periods. An economic analysis was performed to estimate the total cost to the average driver in a city, and a total cost to the city population. Worst corridors are limited to those that have the highest traffic volume and are ranked by the average hours of delay per driver in 2018. Additional metrics are available online and in the full report.

About INRIX
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as companies large and small. Learn more at INRIX.com.

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