Traffic snarls in megacities cost billions of dollars

Feb 20, 2018, 7:17 AM EST
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According to a study by the transportation consulting firm INRIX, traffic congestions in the world’s largest cities erode tens of billions of dollars from the economy every year with Los Angeles being the top loser taking a hit of a whopping $19.2 billion annually.

The study, the largest of its kind, gathered data on traffic snarls in 1,360 cities across 38 countries and estimated the losses based on the reduction of productivity of workers stuck on roads, inflated transportation costs and the excess fuel burned, writes Mental Floss.

Big American cities dominate the list of 25 worst cities for traffic with the U.S. occupying the fifth spot alongside Russia in the country rankings, notes City Lab.