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TomTom Traffic Index: Mumbai takes Crown of ‘Most Traffic Congested City’ in World

Jun 4, 2019
TomTom Traffic Index: Mumbai takes Crown of ‘Most Traffic Congested City’ in World

 

Global congestion up – but new technology signals way forward

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 4, 2019   TomTom (TOM2) today released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries around the world. Mumbai takes the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are Colombian capital, Bogota (63%), Lima in Peru (58%), New Delhi in India (58%) and Russian Capital, Moscow (56%), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.

With Moscow taking the lead in Europe, Istanbul (53%) came a close second with Bucharest (48%) Saint Petersburg (47%) and Kiev (46%) making up the top five. Brussels (37%), London (37%) and Paris (36%) ranked in at 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.*

North America’s top five most congested cities are Mexico City (52%), Los Angeles (41%), Vancouver (38%), New York (36%) and San Francisco (34%).

Congestion Up, Globally

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and nearly 75% of the cities TomTom includes in the new Traffic Index report had increased or stable congestion levels between 2017 and 2018, with only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.

There are significant differences between continents: for example, decreases were measured in Asia, with a large decrease in congestion (-8%) in Jakarta, while nearly every city in South America posted increases, the largest (8%) taking place in Lima, Peru.

Hope on the horizon

Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information, said: “Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact.”

TomTom has been collecting traffic information and providing traffic services for nearly a decade, allowing drivers to make smarter choices in route planning and avoiding congestion. And the location technology specialist’s work on the future of driving – from high definition maps for autonomous vehicles, to efficient electric vehicle routing and charging – means that car makers, technology companies, road authorities and governments already have the tools to make the roads less congested.

Schäfer continues: “At TomTom, we’re working towards a future where vehicles are electric, shared and autonomous so that our future really is free of congestion and emissions. We have the technology to make this future happen – but it takes a collaborative effort. From road authorities, to governments; car makers to car drivers, we all have a part to play.”

People can find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, and discover where their home city ranks at http://www.tomtom.com/traffic-index. There’s also helpful advice on beating traffic congestion. The Traffic Index website has been revamped so it is easier than ever to explore city statistics and insights – as well as real-time, live traffic information.

 

Ranking of the most congested cities Globally (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mumbai, India

65%

6

Istanbul, Turkey

53%

2

Bogota, Colombia

63%

7

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

3

Lima, Peru

58%

8

Bangkok, Thailand

53%

4

New Delhi, India

58%

9

Mexico City, Mexico

52%

5

Moscow, Russia

56%

10

Recife, Brazil

49%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Europe (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Moscow, Russia

56%

6

Novosibirsk, Russia

44%

2

Istanbul, Turkey

53%

7

Athens, Greece

40%

3

Bucharest, Romania

48%

8

Rome, Italy

39%

4

Saint Petersburg, Russia

47%

9

Warsaw, Poland

39%

5

Kiev, Ukraine

46%

10

Yekaterinburg, Russia

37%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in North America (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mexico City, Mexico

52%

6

Toronto, Canada

32%

2

Los Angeles, USA

41%

7

San Jose, USA

32%

3

Vancouver, Canada

38%

8

Seattle, USA

32%

4

New York, USA

36%

9

Miami, USA

30%

5

San Francisco, USA

34%

10

Chicago, USA

28%

 

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in South America (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Bogota, Colombia

63%

6

Santiago, Chile

40%

2

Lima, Peru

58%

7

Salvador, Brazil

38%

3

Recife, Brazil

49%

8

Buenos Aires, Argentina

36%

4

Sao Paolo, Brazil

42%

9

Fortaleza, Brazil

35%

5

Rio De Janeiro

42%

10

Porto Alegre, Brazil

33%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Asia (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – population over 800,000):

1

Mumbai, India

65%

6

Tel Aviv, Israel

42%

2

New Delhi, India

58%

7

Zhuhai, China

42%

3

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

8

Guangzhou, China

42%

4

Bangkok, Thailand

53%

9

Tokyo, Japan

41%

5

Chongqing, China

44%

10

Beijing, China

40%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Africa (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Cairo, Egypt

44%

6

Durban, S. Africa

18%

2

Cape Town, S. Africa

31%

7

Bloemfontein, S. Africa

12%

3

Johannesburg, S. Africa

30%

 

 

 

4

Pretoria, S. Africa

24%

 

 

 

5

East London, S. Africa

20%

 

 

 

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Australia and Oceania (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Sydney, Australia

34%

6

Adelaide, Australia

23%

2

Auckland, New Zealand

29%

7

Gold Coast, Australia

23%

3

Melbourne, Australia

29%

8

Hamilton, New Zealand

22%

4

Wellington, New Zealand

27%

9

Christchurch, New Zealand

21%

5

Brisbane, Australia

25%

10

Hobart, New Zealand

21%

 

*of cities with a population of more than 800,000

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