Congestion fell almost 50% across major U.S. cities in 2020, sparing the country’s drivers nearly 75 hours compared to 2019. As a nation, drivers saved over 3.4 billion hours, valued at $51 billion in time savings compared to 2019, according to the annual global traffic scorecard report by transportation analytics company INRIX.
New York, Philadelphia and Chicago topped the list of U.S. cities with the most time lost due to congestion. And Bogotá, Colombia, topped the global list for the second year in a row.
Downtown traffic volumes also saw dramatic decreases, dropping an average of 44% amid the pandemic. However, drivers increased their speeds in downtown areas by up to 42%, according to the report.