Learn how Austin traffic congestion compares globally


One Texas city made the top 25 list of worst traffic congestion in the world, but it isn’t Austin, according to the 2017 Traffic Scorecard released Feb. 6 by transportation analytics firm INRIX Research.

The report includes data on 1,360 cities in 38 countries covering more than 100,000 square miles of roadways and ranks cities based on traffic congestion.

In the top 25 list of worst offenders, 10 U.S. cities made the list, including the No. 1 spot awarded to Los Angeles. Dallas was the only Texas city in the top 25, coming in at No. 22, just behind Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Among major U.S. cities, Austin does crack the top 25 list, coming in at No. 14 behind San Diego.

According to the report, Austin commuters spend an average of 43 hours per year sitting in traffic or about 11 percent of all driving time.

In comparison, Dallas commuters spend 54 hours per year in traffic or about 6 percent of total driving time. Houston commuters spend about 50 hours per year in traffic or about 7 percent of total driving time.

INRIX also reports that traffic congestion costs U.S. drivers more than $305 billion in direct and indirect costs in 2017, an increase of $10 billion from 2016, mainly due to rising costs of vehicle ownership.

In Austin, the annual cost of congestion per driver is $1,627 and $2.8 billion to the city.

And no, I-35 did not make the list of the top 10 worst corridors in the U.S. That list mostly includes highways in New York City and Chicago.

To see the full report, visit www.inrix.com/scorecard.

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  1. Victor Gonzalez

    How do you think I will accept this report when they said that Mexico is in South America. Not even in Centro America. Technically Mexico is at Noth America.
    What I think we need is to make a TV campaign about a Best Practices to Drive in very limited highways. You can find a bunch of people that they are not considering others, some does not have an idea what to do with a congested traffic and others does not care. We need to put the “experts” in traffic to work and make 5-15 seconds TV/Internet ads where they show how we need to drive in our conditions.

Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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