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City among world’s most congested

SHANGHAI is the 24th most-congested city in the world out of 146 in a list compiled by TomTom, a Dutch company that makes navigation and mapping products..

Its research showed that in Shanghai, a trip that should take an hour takes an extra 21 minutes on average when there are traffic jams. During morning and evening rush hours, the drive will take around an hour and 40 minutes.

TomTom’s annual rankings are based on actual GPS measurements from its traffic database. Last year, it studied 146 cities with populations of more than 800,000.

Istanbul was the most congested city, where traffic jams more than double journey times during evening rush hour, leading to commuters spending an extra 125 hours stuck in traffic every year.

China has 22 cities on the list and the worst among them for congestions is Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, which came in at No. 11.

The other 21 cities are on the Chinese mainland, led by Chongqing, Tianjing and Beijing which ranked 12th, 14th and 15th respectively.

Chongqing had the second worst morning rush hour. It took local residents an extra 50 minutes to complete what should be a one-hour drive at other times.

In January, the Shanghai Urban-Rural Construction and Transportation Development Research Institute said that they found Shanghai was experiencing traffic jams in the afternoon last year in addition to problems during morning and evening rush hours.

It predicted that congestion would get worse in the city this year as a result of more cars on the road and major traffic projects such as the renovation of the Yan’an Road E. Tunnel.

In a bid to alleviate congestion at rush hours, city authorities are extending the period when cars with non-local plates are banned from expressways from April 15.

Cars without Shanghai plates won’t be able to use expressways from 7am to 10am and from 4pm to 7pm from that date.


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