Taipei roads more con­gested than China’s, says sat­nav firm

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei’s traf­fic is worse than in any big city in China and ranked 11th in con­ges­tion among 146 ma­jor cities around the world, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Traf­fic In­dex re­leased by nav­i­ga­tion prod­ucts provider TomTom.

The TomTom Traf­fic In­dex mea­sures travel times dur­ing the whole day and dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods and com­pares th­ese with mea­sured travel times dur­ing non-con­gested pe­ri­ods, which it calls free flow con­di­tions.

The dif­fer­ence is ex­pressed as a to­tal av­er­age per­cent­age in­crease in travel time.

“We take into ac­count lo­cal roads, ar­te­ri­als and high­ways. All data is based on ac­tual GPS mea­sure­ments from TomTom’s his­tor­i­cal traf­fic data­base,” the com­pany said.

Taipei had a con­ges­tion level of 39 per­cent, mean­ing driv­ing dur­ing peak hours would take driv­ers 39 per­cent more time than in free flow con­di­tions.

Taipei’s evening con­ges­tion level is 77 per­cent, mean­ing that driv­ing dur­ing the evening rush hours would take 77 per­cent more time than “nor­mal.”

The city was also rated more con­gested than cities across the Tai­wan Strait, ahead of Chongqing and Tian­jin, which were ranked 12th and 14th re­spec­tively.

Other Chi­nese cities in the top-30 list were Bei­jing (15th), Guangzhou ( 17th), Chengdu (19th), Shang­hai (24th), Shi­ji­azhuang ( 25th), Fuzhou ( 28th), Shenyang (29th) and Hangzhou (30th).

Asia was gen­er­ally un­der rep­re­sented in the sur­vey. Aside from 12 other Chi­nese cities among the 146 cities ranked for con­ges­tion, the only other Asian cities in­cluded in the sur­vey were Istanbul (1st), Ankara (34th), Izmir (37th), Sin­ga­pore (38th), Dubai (58th), Riyadh (76th) and Abu Dhabi (141st).

The 10 most con­gested cities of the world ac­cord­ing to TomTom data were Istanbul, Mex­ico City, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Sal­vador, Re­cife (in Brazil), St. Peters­burg, Bucharest, War­saw and Lost An­ge­les.

The sur­vey was based on data cov­er­ing all of 2014.

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