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February 6, 2018 12:30 PM, EST

Los Angeles Named City With Worst Traffic Congestion in the World

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Los Angeles, a city where the average motorist spent 102 hours stuck in traffic in 2017, topped the list of most congested cities worldwide, according to transportation analytics firm INRIX.

Peak-time congestion in the City of Angels costs the average driver nearly $3,000 annually, and costs the city more than $19 billion, the firm found in a review of 1,360 cities across 38 countries published Feb. 5. This was the sixth year in a row LA topped the list.

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Other U.S. cities in the top 10 included New York City, which tied Moscow for the second spot, San Francisco in fifth place, Atlanta in eighth place and Miami in the tenth spot. Of the top 25 cities with the worst congestion, the United States accounted for 10.

2017 Rank City
1. Los Angeles
2. (tie) Moscow
2. (tie) New York City
4. Sao Paulo
5. San Francisco
6. Bogota, Colombia
7. London
8. Atlanta
9. Paris
10. Miami

In 2017, congestion around the United States cost drivers nearly $305 billion, an average of $1,445 per driver, the firm found.

“Congestion costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars, and threatens future economic growth and lowers our quality of life,” INRIX Chief Economist Dr. Graham Cookson said. “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.”

A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute determined that congestion cost the trucking industry more than $63 billion in operational costs in 2015.