Pair LA has experienced a massive drop in congestion. David McNew / Getty Images
No surprise , traffic jams ohas declined considerably in all major cities in the United States, because coronavirus The pandemic has sent everyone home, according to TomTom 's 2020 traffic index, GPS company said on Tuesday. Beyond home work environment . But for those who have enjoyed less traffic jams and clearer roads, TomTom has bad news for you: congestion will almost surely return.
The annual index, which examines all major Cities amAmerican studies to classify them according to traffic congestion, showed that the classification of each city did not really change much compared to 2019 . Every city has seen traffic congestion decrease, generally depending on the amount of traffic that there is usually in the city. In 387 of the cities included in the study, road congestion fell by 21% in 2020. Take almost a quarter of the ic traffic that you typically saw on the road in 2019 and move it off the streets to understand the magnitude of a drop.
No surprise, Los Angeles remains America's most congested city with a congestion rate of 27%. TomTom calculates the value with a baseline of an unencumbered scenario, so those residing in Los Angeles spent 27% more time in traffic than a commute.conducted during the city baseline, unencumbered figure. New York came in second with a congestion level of 26% and Miami came in third with 23%.
Miami and Baton Rouge replaced Seattle and San Jose in the top five most congested cities in the United States this year, but both still land in the top 10, according to TomTom's analysis.
While lower congestion is a good thing for drivers in dire circumstances, Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom's vice president of traffic and travel, believes the country will fall back into precoronavirus routines once the pandemic is under control.
"Although traffic congestion has decreased in 2020, this is not going to become a trend. We 'will see traffic levels rise again - as people return to work and return to their old ways. That 's why the time has come that town planners,policymakers, employers and drivers should take stock of what can be done to make roads less congested in the future. "
In other words, if officials really want to see how they can reduce co-management, now is the time to take note. Soon we will probably come back to increased congestion. 'year after year.
Top 10 US cities with the most traffic
| Rank || City || Congestion level |
| 1 || Los Angeles || 27% |
| 2 || New Town of York || 26% |
| 3 || Miami || 23% |
| 4 || San Francisco || 21% |
| 5 || Baton Rouge || 20% |
| 6 || San Jose || 19% |
| 7 || Cape Coral-FortMyers || 19% |
| 8 || Seattle || 19% |
| 9 || Honolulu || 19% |
| 10 || Riverside || 19% |
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