Calgary among the least congested cities in the world

Dec 19 2017, 3:16 am

Calgary ranks as one of the least congested cities in the world, according to TomTom’s annual Traffic Index. The city came in at number 122 out of 174 cities on the index – not bad, all things considered.

Calgary even managed to drop three percentage points since last year’s index – Calgarians tend to spend 19% more time stuck in traffic.

In case you’re wondering, the least congested city in the world is Knoxville, Tennessee.

Not every city in Canada gets to wear this badge of honour, however. Vancouver ranks as the fourth most congested city in North America – just ahead of New York – while Toronto claims the ninth spot.

Globally, traffic congestion has increased by 13% since the company started collecting data in 2008, but North America has seen a 17% increase. Europe, on the other hand, has only seen a 2% increase from 2008 to 2015.

The TomTom Traffic Index aims to get people thinking about how to reduce congestion in their own cities.

“If even just five per cent of us changed our travel plans, we’d improve travel times on our major highways by up to thirty per cent. Collectively, we can all work together to beat traffic congestion,” says vice president of TomTom Traffic Ralf-Peter Schaefer.

Top 10 most congested cities in North America

  1. Mexico City
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Vancouver
  5. New York
  6. Seattle
  7. San Jose
  8. Honolulu
  9. Toronto
  10. Miami

Top 10 most congested cities in the world

  1. Mexico City
  2. Bangkok
  3. Istanbul
  4. Rio De Janeiro
  5. Moscow
  6. Bucharest
  7. Salvador
  8. Recife
  9. Chengdu
  10. Los Angeles
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