The 15 worst cities for rush hour traffic
Plenty of drivers complain about rush hour traffic, but some have more to gripe about than others, CNN reports.
Bangkok has the worst evening rush hour traffic in the world for a second consecutive year, according to GPS manufacturer TomTom.
Here is the 2017 ranking of cities with the most severe evening rush hour traffic:
TomTom's senior traffic expert Nick Cohn said that Thailand -- and many other big cities at the top of the congestion ranking -- have become victims of their own success. Growing economies and surging populations translate into more traffic and commuters.
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Bucharest, Romania
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Moscow, Russia
- Chongqing, China
- Istanbul, Turkey
- St. Petersburg, Russia
- Zhuhai, China
- Santiago, Chile
- Guangzhou, China
- Shijiazhuang, China
- Shenzhen, China
- Los Angeles, U.S.
- Beijing, China
"It would be a challenge for any city government [to] keep things moving," he said, noting that as more people have moved to Bangkok's low-density suburbs, commuter traffic has worsened.
"It could be middle of the day or late at night, but it's just really, really congested," said Cohn.
Moscow, which ranks as the fifth worst city for evening rush hour traffic, was higher up the rankings in past years. But congestion has eased a bit since city officials introduced new parking rules.
Istanbul has also seen a modest easing of traffic congestion because authorities have made a point to provide more real-time traffic data to drivers. This helped people plan their drives and avoid severe traffic jams.
The only American city in the top 15 is Los Angeles. Its traffic congestion has worsened, but it's been moving down the ranking over the past few years as other global cities experience more acute traffic problems.