The COVID-19 pandemic has had a good impact on road traffic in 2020. With the spring lockdowns and the increase in work from home, congestion has decreased in 387 major cities around the world.
This is the main finding of the last annual traffic report from navigation system maker TomTom, which looks at 416 cities in 57 countries and six continents.
Once again, Moscow has the highest congestion rate, at 54%. In other words, a 30-minute car trip takes 54% more time than in conditions where there is no congestion.
The top 5 is completed by the cities of Mumbai (53%), Bogota (53%), Manila (53%) and Istanbul (51%).
In North America, the worst cities are Mexico City (29th, 36% congestion), Vancouver (52nd, 30%), Los Angeles (85th, 27%), New York (102nd, 26%), Miami (141st, 23%) and Toronto (168th, 22%).
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Closer to home
If you are looking for Montreal, you will find it ranked 195th in the world with a congestion rate of 20%, compared to 29% in 2019. The situation of the Quebec metropolis is improving, which ranked 110th in 2017, then 138th in 2018 and 2019 for the most congested cities in the world.
TomTom tells us that there were 103 days of “low congestion” in 2020 in Montreal, mainly concentrated from March 14 to June 24. Evening rush hour (40% congestion) remains more problematic than morning rush hour (29%). The worst time of the week to be on the road is Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Quebec City is also included in TomTom’s global ranking, appearing in 330th place with a congestion rate of 14%, compared to 22% in 2019.