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San Francisco ranks 4th most traffic clogged city in the world

Traffic analytics firm Inrix has calculated how much time drivers spend stuck in traffic during peak travel times last year in 1,064 cities in 38 countries worldwide. Here are the top 10 most congested cities and how many hours drivers were stuck:
CityCountryHours spent in peak congestion
Los AngelesUnited States104
MoscowRussia91
New YorkUnited States89
San FranciscoUnited States83
BogotaColombia80
Sao PauloBrazil77
LondonUnited Kingdom73
AtlantaUnited States71
ParisFrance65
MiamiUnited States65
  • Source: Inrix Inc., 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard. Does not include cities in Japan or China, where Inrix does not collect its own data.
When it comes to getting stuck in traffic on the way to and from work, Los Angeles leads the world.
Drivers in the car-crazy California metropolis spent 104 hours each driving in congestion during peak travel periods last year. That topped second-place Moscow at 91 hours and third-place New York at 89, according to a traffic scorecard compiled by Inrix, a transportation analytics firm.
The U.S. had half the cities on Inrix's list of the top 10 most congested areas in the world and was the most congested developed country on the planet, Inrix found. U.S. drivers averaged 42 hours per year in traffic during peak times, the study found. San Francisco was the fourth-most congested city, while Bogota, Colombia, was fifth, Sao Paulo ranked sixth and London, Atlanta, Paris and Miami rounded out the top 10.
Being stuck in traffic cost the average U.S. driver $1,400 last year and nearly $300 billion for all drivers nationwide, Inrix said.
Study authors said a stable U.S. economy, continued urbanization of big cities, employment growth and low gas prices all contributed to increased traffic and congestion worldwide in 2016, lowering the quality of life.
It's not likely to get better anytime soon, wrote Bob Pishue, senior economist at Inrix.
"The demand for driving is expected to continue to rise, while the supply of roadway will remain flat," he said in a statement.
Pishue suggests that governments use traffic data and technology to make traffic move more smoothly while they consider additional road projects.

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