In 2020, the Moscow urban agglomeration became the world leader in road congestion. Top cities with big traffic jams presented Dutch company TomTom, which manufactures navigation systems and maps.
Hundreds of hours in traffic jams annually: Moscow again became the world leader in traffic congestion
Since 2019, the company has been using a new settlement system, and the traffic situation is analyzed not only in the capital of Russia, but also in part of the Moscow region.
In 2019, Moscow took the sixth place in the ranking. At the same time, the overall level of congestion in the metropolitan agglomeration in 2020 decreased from 59% to 54% compared to a year earlier. Highway congestion has dropped by 5%.
TomTom notes that, on average, every Moscow driver spent 200 hours in traffic jams a year. Motorists lost 22 to 30 minutes every day in traffic jams.
The highest traffic congestion in the capital (97%) was observed on Friday 25 December. The smallest number of traffic jams (8%) was recorded in April 2020. Then, restrictive measures began to operate in Moscow and the region due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The compilers of the rating explain the high rate of traffic congestion in Moscow last year by the high rate of recovery of the city after quarantine. With a similar comment spoke and Deptrans of Moscow. They noted that in connection with the epidemic, Muscovites began to drive more cars. The number of motorists increased by 4%, increasing by 155,000 new cars, the ministry said.
“Different cities have taken different measures to combat the pandemic. While restrictions have continued in Europe for almost the entire year, Moscow has almost completely recovered, and the regime of self-isolation in the capital lasted only from April to early June, “the capital’s Department of Transport comments.
The second place in the ranking is occupied by Indian Mumbai with a transport load of 53%. The same congestion in 2020 was in Bogota and Manila. Istanbul is in fifth place. Among Russian cities, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg and Samara are in the top 20 of the rating.
In 2018, Moscow has occupied first place in terms of traffic congestion according to the research company Inrix.
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