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March 09, 2017

For the second year in a row, Mexico City has the worst traffic congestion in the world, according to data from GPS manufacturer TomTom.

For the past year, TomTom has been collecting traffic data from 390 cities within 48 countries. Although global traffic congestion is at an all-time high, the types of congestion around the world are drastically different. For example, although congestion is the worst all day long in Mexico City, evening rush hour traffic in Bangkok is even worse.

Spokespeople from TomTom attribute this to growing populations and surging economies in cities that were not built to sustain millions of people in vehicles. “Mexico City has an extensive subway system, but it doesn't extend out to where all the population growth is happening," TomTom's senior traffic expert Nick Cohn told CNN Money. "People don't have a lot of options for getting to work."

Drivers in Mexico City can expect to spend 59 minutes of their day sitting in traffic. Those commuting during rush hour in Bangkok can tack an extra 64 minutes onto daily driving time.

After Mexico City and Bangkok, the worst traffic can be found in other Asian cities. Jakarta in Indonesia and Chongqing in China were runners up for worst traffic overall.  

But according to the list, New Yorkers have nothing to complain about, and Los Angeles doesn’t even appear until the 14th spot. And in terms of purely North American cities, worse traffic was found in west coast cities San Francisco and Vancouver.

Meanwhile in Europe, the most congested city was Bucharest. Russia was also determined to have bad traffic by European standards, with Moscow and Saint Petersburg as second and third runners up.

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