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