Traffic, is one heck of a problem in the world isn’t it? If the world was a better place – filled with peace, devoid of hunger and thirst,- then the major problem the world would have been facing would have been traffic.
In a study conducted by Inrix, a company that aggregates and analyzes traffic data collected from vehicles and highway infrastructure, five out of the top 10 most congested cities in the world are in the United States and surprisingly, Lagos State, Nigeria didn’t make the list.
The study shows that Los Angeles is the most congested city in the world, followed by both New York City and Moscow, which are tied for the second place spot.
Angelenos spent an average of 102 hours last year in traffic jams during peak congestion hours, costing drivers $2,828 each and the city $19.2 billion from direct and indirect costs. Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, and indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic. Those fees are then passed on to households through higher prices, according to Inrix.
The top 10 most congested cities in the world are:
1. Los Angeles
2. New York City (tie)
2. Moscow (tie)
4. Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. San Francisco
In another study that showed surprising results, Nigeria didn’t make it to the top 10 most congested countries in the world. The most congested country in the world is Thailand, with drivers spending an average of 56 hours in peak-hour congestion.
The top 10 most congested countries are:
5. United States (tie)
5. Russia (tie)
7. Brazil (tie)
7. South Africa (tie)
10. United Kingdom
The major question Lagosians have now is, “just how bad is traffic over there for Lagos not to be on this list?”