Global urban mobility index shows Sydney and Melbourne more traffic snarled than many major cities

Global urban mobility index shows Sydney and Melbourne more traffic snarled than many major cities, by Benedict Brook.

Melbourne and Sydney have worse traffic congestion than New York, less comprehensive public transport networks than Lisbon and more traffic pollution than Mexico City.

That’s according to a new report looking at mobility in 38 of the world’s largest metropolises. …

Overall, Melbourne ranked 20th worst out of 38 cities. … For every 100km driven, 35 minutes was lost to congestion while 9 per cent of roads were regularly full. …

Sydney fared even worse at 30, placing it only slightly better than Los Angeles for transport mobility. … 11 per cent roads are clogged and 40 minutes are lost for every 100km driven. …

The company used data from mobile handsets and connected vehicles, among other sources, to see how slow cities really were.

New York City is hardly a paradise of free flowing roads but the traffic flows considerably faster than either of Australia’s two largest cities. …

But at least Sydneysiders fare better than motorists in India’s largest city Mumbai where almost a minute was lost in congestion for every kilometre driven.