Shanghai ranks 24th out of 146 of the world’s most congested cities, according to research compiled by TomTom, a Dutch company that makes navigation and map products. Shanghai, named the top congested Chinese city in a survey from last year, managed to land behind Chongqing, Tianjin and Beijing, which ranked 12th, 14th and 15th on the list respectively. Not great, but at least not as bad as those poor suckers in Istanbul.
A total of 21 mainland Chinese cities were represented in the annual rankings, which TomTom based on GPS measurements from a traffic database. All of the cities included on the list have a population of more than 800,000.
Istanbul took the highly undesirable number 1 spot , followed by Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. Just shy of making it into the top 10 was Taipei, Taiwan, which landed 11 on the list overall.
Research showed that in Shanghai, trips that should only take an hour ended up taking 21 minutes longer on average during traffic jams. In morning and evening rush hour traffic, a trip takes around an hour and 40 minutes.
Fortunately, Shanghai commuters don’t have it as rough as those in Chongqing, who during morning rush hour spend an extra 50 minutes completing what should only be a one-hour drive.
Shanghai has taken steps to relieve congestion on the roads by extending the time period in which vehicles with non-local plates must stay off the expressway. Starting April 15, cars without Shanghai plates are banned from using the city’s expressways from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., according to Shanghai Daily.
The comeback of trams in the city is expected to help alleviate traffic as well, and work on lines running through the Xuhui district and by the Huangpu riverbank are expected to begin in two years.
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