NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans is ranked among the worst cities for traffic in the United States and in the world.
According to a new study by TomTom, a producer of navigation and mapping products, New Orleans drivers with a 30-minute commute spent an extra 69 hours stuck in traffic in 2014. The delay averaged 18 minutes per half hour commute during peak periods.
The city ranked among the worst 20 cities in the country (19) and the worst 100 cities in the world (98). New Orleans traffic congestion increased 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the report.
The study states that the most congested day of the year in New Orleans was February 28, 2014.
The study measured travel times during the whole day and during peak periods and compared them with measured travel times during non-congested periods. This year, the Index revealed that the evening rush hour is the most congested time of day on virtually every road network around the world.
Istanbul ranked as the most congested city in the world. Los Angeles, the first American city to appear on the list, is ranked 10th.