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Louisville ranks among worst cities for traffic

By Justin Sayers The Courier-Journal

Louisville ranked among the 50­ worst cities in the country and 300­ worst cities worldwide in terms of con­gestion, according to a global analysis of 2016 traffic patterns.

INRIX, a Kirkland, Washington­-based software development company that provides historical and real-time traffic information, evaluated more than 1,000 cities across 38 countries and five continents for its 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard.

Louisville was ranked No. 44 out of 240 U.S. cities, as well as 60th in North America and 294th worldwide. The study said that Metro drivers spent 7 percent of total drive time in conges­tion and approximately 23 hours a year in traffic during peak driving hours.

U.S. cities dominated the list of most congested cities globally, with Los An­geles (first), New York (third), San Francisco (fourth) and Atlanta (ninth) in the top 10. Gioia del Colle, a town in southern Italy, ranked as the city with the least amount of traffic. Lexington ranked 504th on the glob­al list.

INRIX found that the U.S. ranked as the most congested developed country in the world, with drivers spending an aver­age of 42 hours a year in traffic during peak hours. They estimated that the to­tal cost of congestion to all U.S. drivers in 2016 was $300 billion, or an average of $1,400 a driver.

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