Nashville’s traffic congestion is the 32nd worst in the United States, according to a new scorecard released Tuesday by the traffic research firm INRIX.
On average, drivers in Nashville spent 15.3 hours in traffic from April 2011 to April 2012, the company’s fifth annual report states.
Still, the study suggests vehicular traffic across the world actually dropped by 30 percent over the past year, a reduction the firm called a “startling” side effect of a struggling economy.
“The declines in traffic congestion across the U.S. and Europe are indicative of stalled economies worldwide,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX president and CEO. “In America, the economic recovery on Wall Street has not arrived on Main Street. Americans are driving less and spending less fueled by gas prices and a largely jobless recovery.”
The nation’s five worst cities in terms of traffic are Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Bridgeport, Conn.
Atlanta ranks 15th; Dallas, 20th; Charlotte, 25th; Denver, 26th; New Orleans, 38th; Indianapolis, 41st; Chattanooga, 49th; Knoxville, 50th; and Memphis, 59th.
The most congested corridor in Nashville, according to the report, is Interstate-440 between West End Avenue and Franklin Road. INRIX lists the I-440 stretch as its 88th most congested corridor in the nation. The company ranked the same stretch the 90th most congested in the county the year before.
INRIX claims to analyze information for more than 300,000 miles of roads in the U.S. and 250,000 kilometers in Europe during every hour of the day to “generate the most comprehensive and timely congestion analyses available.”
“The Scorecard is based on analysis of billions of raw data points from INRIX’s own historical traffic database of approximately 100 million vehicles traveling the roads everyday including taxis, airport shuttles, service delivery vans, long-haul trucks and passenger cars,” the company states. “Each data report from these GPS-equipped vehicles and devices includes the speed, location and heading of a particular vehicle at a reported date and time.”