The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about massive changes in our routine, but it’s not all that bad.
According to a study by a software company specialising in location technology, TomTom, it was found that traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur has drastically reduced all thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The study titled ‘TomTom Traffic Index’ covers 404 cities across 58 countries on 6 continents and ranks urban congestion worldwide.
The study ranked Kuala Lumpur in the 210th spot out of the 404 cities across the globe. It said that drivers in Kuala Lumpur waste the equivalent of 48 hours a year stuck in the city centre due to congestion.
“In 2021, a noticeable decrease in congestion levels was seen in KL. The data suggests the average travel time decreased by 4 min per day.” it said.
Kuala Lumpur was ranked 77th in 2020 with a time loss of 126 hours, while in 2019 it ranked 46th with 170 hours wasted.
It added that Kuala Lumpur’s congestion level in 2021 is 21%, which means that on average, travel times were 21% longer than during the baseline non-congested conditions. This is also a significant decrease from 28% in 2020 and 37% in 2019.
The study also revealed that the traffic condition in the road of Kuala Lumpur is the worst during Friday 6 pm to 7 pm in 2019 and 2020, while Wednesday 6 pm to 7 pm in 2021.
Meanwhile, Istanbul is the first place with the worst traffic congestion with people wasting 142 hours a year due to traffic congestion.
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