Shutterstock.com This may not come as much of a surprise, but according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, New York City is the third most congested city in the world in terms of traffic and the second worst in the United States.
Per the 2017 analysis, New York drivers averaged 91 peak hours stuck in traffic last year, tying with Moscow, Russia for second place for the most amount of hours spent in congestion. Additionally, New York drivers spent 13 percent of their time sitting in congestion, with 11 percent of that being attributed to daytime traffic. The city was only beat by Los Angeles, who ranks number one in the country and the world for most congested traffic.
What’s even worse, four out of ten of the worst U.S. corridors are found right here in New York. For the third consecutive year, the eastbound section of the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) tops the list. INRIX reports that on average, driver waste 118 hours per year in congestion on the 4.7 mile stretch— an increase of 37 percent from the previous year.
The other corridors that made the list for worst in the country include East 34th Street from FDR Drive to Fifth Avenue, Belt Parkway East from exit 3 to exit 17, and East 42nd Street from FDR Drive to Seventh Avenue.
It might not be too hard to believe that traffic congestion will cost the city $100 billion over the next five years after all. In the meantime, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Fix NYC panel is scheduled to reveal a congestion pricing plan that could result in a charge for vehicles driving below 60th Street in Manhattan during specified hours.