TomTom has released its congestion index for the second quarter of 2012, and Istanbul, Turkey took the dubious honor of being the most congested city in Europe. With a rating of 57 percent, the city suffers from more than double the average congestion of the rest of the continent. Warsaw, Poland came in second with a 47-percent rating, though morning peak traffic sees that number swell to 93 percent. Marseille, France, Palermo and Rome, Italy round out the top five.

But TomTom didn't just put an eye on Europe. The navigation company also turned its analysis on North America.

Not surprisingly, Los Angeles walked away with the top slot with a rating of 34 percent. Vancouver, Canada came in at just one percent behind LA, while San Francisco took the bronze. Montreal and Toronto filled out the North American top five this go around. You can head over to the TomTom site for a closer look at the breakdown as well as the company's methodology.


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      Jagermeister Jones
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vancouver's mayor has initiated a war on cars. It seems every intersection has pedestrian lights installed (rather than the person walk another block). Left turns are allowed everywhere (even where there are no dedicated lanes or left-advance signals), so one car may block dozens who want to travel straight through.
        Andrew James Wilson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jagermeister Jones
        Vancouver is the only major city in North America without a major freeway in it period. (i don't count WInnipeg) Vancouver will always be anti-car. You will never convince the hippies that free flowing traffic is the way to go. instead they are tearing down the viaducts, charging more for downtown parking, and any time there's any discussion of improving the third world road network, the hippies/green movement get riled up and are up in arms wanting more and more transit and punishing the automobile user.
        Proghog
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jagermeister Jones
        Don't stop in the box.
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised the NYC Metro area didn't make it, I sat in traffic for 3 hours on Sunday trying to get over the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey into NYC and there wasn't any accidents.
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Proghog
        The difference w/ NYC: people want to get somewhere so they're all motivated to move forwards. Contrast that to DC traffic where you've got the dumbest drivers on the road.
      theharpyeagle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wholeheartedly agree with Jagermeister Jones and Andrew James Wilson about Vancouver. Vancouver has actually spent good money to be in on the 2nd spot: 1. Multimillion dollar bike only lanes, protected by concrete barriers, used by less than 5% of the populace - in the summer. 2. Left turn allowed on most junctions, but no left turn lane in place. 3. High parking fees that I personally know "forces" people to circle the blocks while their significant others do their errands - it's cheaper to run the gas than to pay for parking. 4. And now, they are contemplating the one and only convenience for motorist entering the downtown core - i.e demolish the Georgia Viaduct altogether. 5. Multiple street level pedestrian right of way crossings, and the absolute refusal to install above street level crossing where it matters. 6. Some of the longest pedestrian crossing green lights I have ever come across. They stress the importance of public transit, but after billions of dollars, we are left with a system that's left wanting. It would take me about 2 hours of walking to the nearest bus stop, take the bus to the nearest rapid transit station, take the train, with one change, and then another 15 minutes walk to my work place. That would be 4 hours of total travel time per day! The problem is that the public transit system is Vancouver-centric. If you are out in the surburbs, too bad, even though your property and gas taxes goes towards funding the regional transit system.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theharpyeagle
        Well said theharpyeagle. I have relatives in Montreal and can attest to the same sort of problem. There are many instances in and around the city centre, and some suburbs, where bicyles are given priority on many streets and intersections. All this green nonsense has done is create more traffic and pollution. They want to discourage car usage, it dosent work! How does having cars sitting in gridlock traffic creating pollution and wasting gas make any sense?
      monoik
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the main arteries in Warsaw is closed right now due to metro construction. Unfortunately, it'll stay this way for at least one more year.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Turkey took the honor of being most congested city on the continent." -This again....I believe you were referring to "Istanbul."
      T-Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Europe is not the Western World...
        Alistair
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Rich
        Europeans and Americans are westerners in the eyes of Asian. haha
          PacAsia
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alistair
          Are Americans and Europeans seen through slanty eyes or other???
        tagberto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Rich
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_world "In the contemporary cultural meaning, the Western world includes many countries of Europe, as well as many countries of European colonial origin in the Americas and Oceania, such as the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay etc" "Western World" is a cultural term, not a geographic one.
        tagberto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T-Rich
        You may be thinking of the western hemisphere. That is a geographic term that does exclude most, but not all, of Europe.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's why we need self driving cars. What's causing the delay?
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought a Tom Tom once, it couldn't find it's way to my home from the store even after I did a map update. Maybe the congestion is being caused by Tom Tom users trying to find their way.
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to apple maps, the most congested city is in the middle of the South Atlantic ocean.
      The Calligrapher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Er... I wonder what definition of "western world" these clowns used.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor sampling. They missed cities like Cairo and Athens. But I agree, Istanbul is a mess in a car.
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yup LA may be first esp. if you have to drive the 405 or the 10 between dntn. and Santa Monica. Actually it depends on the freeway the time and your route. Luckily I don't have to drive the worst ones. I can drive the 210 thru the Crescenta Valley on a friday before a holiday weekend and it can often be 80 mph just to keep up with the flow of traffic.
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