Traveling through almost any major American city got slower in 2022. New Yorkers still have it worst, though we all know only cab drivers noticed. Residents of the nation’s capital and Indianapolis, though, win the right to be most annoyed — their commutes increased by more time in 2022 than drivers in any other American city. Plus: Remote employees are working less, sleeping and playing more, Fed study finds
Study covers how long it takes to drive 6.2 miles The data comes from navigation giant TomTom
which has a creative way of measuring traffic misery. TomTom tracks how long it takes the average driver to travel about six miles (10 kilometers) in every major city worldwide. TomTom published its 2022 Traffic Index late last week, putting numbers to behind-the-wheel suffering in 389 cities worldwide. The numbers include 80 American cities. Seven, incredibly, had faster commutes in 2022 than in 2021. Eleven saw no change. The rest of us, though, spent more time in traffic. In Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis, drivers spent an extra minute and a half every 6.2 miles. See: Commuting takes a big chunk out of the average worker’s day. So what do remote workers do with all that extra time? The numbers may be unsurprising, as 2022 saw millions of office-job Americans return to the office after working from home through part of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the fact that the data doesn’t surprise you doesn’t mean it can’t crush you. Globally, Londoners have it worst. The average driver took an incredible 36 minutes and 20 seconds to travel 6.2 miles last year. New York, America’s slowest city, was just the 19th-slowest worldwide. A driver could do it in the Big Apple in 24 minutes and 30 seconds.10 U.S. cities with the worst traffic
The 10 cities with the worst traffic in the U.S.