In 2016, the INRIX Atlanta transport analysis firm was one of the worst 10 cities in the world for congestion – and the worst fourth in America. This year, Atlantans can spell a small amount of relief.
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But unlike the 2016 report, analysts behind the 2018 INRIX World Traffic Score Card were not just studying the amount of time spent by a mid-player in congestion; They examined the total number of hours lost due to congestion during major traffic periods.
The score card is based on two years of historical traffic data and trends in more than 200 cities across 38 countries.
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Other factors considered researchers:
- Year-by-year change: Percentage difference in hours lost in congestion in 2018 compared to 2017
- Final mile travel time: Time it takes to travel a mileage into the central business area during peak time
- Final mile speed: Speed that a driver can expect to travel miles into the central business area during peak
- Traffic congestion costs: Economic cost based on the labor market, the industrial sector, by way of transport, journey time and travel conditions
- City congestion costs: Economic cost based on the labor market, freight movement costs, operating costs, travel conditions and more
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According to the report, only one American (Boston) city was one of the top 10 cities in the world, led by Moscow, Russia; Istanbul, Turkey; Bogota, Columbia; Mexico, Mexico; and São Paulo, Brazil.
In Moscow, analysts reported that the average driver lost 210 hours of congestion in 2018. Drivers in Bogota lost the most time in the world: 272 hours.
After Boston, when the average 164 hour collision on the road was lost last year's peak competition, they were Washington, D.C .; the other leading cities in the United States; Chicago; New York and Los Angeles, according to INRIX.
On average, the American driver lost about 97 hours due to congestion and US cities spent. economic deficit of around $ 87 billion, according to the report.
Atlanta Class 71th in the world and 11th on the national list, up from its national spot at the last 13 th.
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Here's more about how Atlanta did:
- World stage: 71
- National rank: 11
- Sometimes lost in the congestion: 108 hours
- Annual change over rubbing: 10 percent
- Last mile travel time of inner city: 4 minutes
- The last mile of the inner city is 14 miles per hour
- Traffic congestion costs per driver: $ 1,505
- City congestion costs: $ 3.5 billion
Explore the full report at inrix.com/scorecard.
For the future of Atlanta, you could read about the $ 20.1 billion plan of the Atlanta Regional Commission for the city's 24-year plan.
"Between now and 2040, the Atlanta region's population is expected to grow 2.5 million – which represents the addition of all-day Charlotte metro," The AJC reported in 2016.
To tackle the city's growing city, the ARC board approved the huge allocation of funding for new transport projects.
Of the $ 85.1 billion, "almost two thirds" will be committed to maintaining the current infrastructure, "such as repairing pavement roads and bridges." A further $ 28 billion was spent on the expansion of the region's transport network through informing toll lanes, broader roads, transit expansion and other highway improvements.
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In 2017, AJC David Wickert's transport reporter traveled to Downtown Denver to watch the Atlanta traffic future.
"The region is coming up with some of its economic development competitors, including Denver. But if they take it, Atlanta could be the same for others to recite it," Wickert wrote as The City Hub and the commendable rapid transit, the light rail and the extensive network of tile lanes. "The power of billions of dollars from state and state funding measures has recently begun, the Atlanta region has started to diversify its transport network. Tile lanes are already operating on I-85 and I-75 parts, and there are more on the way MARTA is planning extending in Atlanta and Clayton County. "