The minute in New York is not as fast as you think.
The Big Apple currently ranks as the worst congested city in the entire United States — drivers travel at an average of just 12 miles per hour during peak times, according to newly published data.
Overall, New Yorkers have to put up with a whopping 236 hours — or 10 full days — stuck in rush hour traffic annually, according to Tom Tom movement indicatorwhich tracks congestion in major cities around the world.
The annual data, released last month, shows it took New York motorists an average of nearly 25 minutes to travel just six miles last year — up 90 seconds from 2021 when workers slowly returned to the office after the COVID-19 shutdown. .
However, some New Yorkers scoffed at the data — insisting that they are actually creeping more slowly in the overcrowded city.
“Averaging 12 mph at rush hour? Grzegorz Heichel, 43, told The Post in Midtown on Monday.
Heichel, who works in the hardwood flooring trade and is constantly moving between construction sites, said it took him 3.5 hours to get the 57 miles from Manhattan to his home in Chester, NJ, on Friday.
“I’m in my car 10 hours a day, all over Manhattan, and I can tell you the traffic is really bad,” he said, adding that it’s the worst around the Holland Tunnel and between 42nd and 44th Streets.
Repairman Sean Duncan, 51, said he was stuck in his car for 2.5 hours during his overnight commute from Manhattan to Stamford, Connecticut.
“The traffic in New York City is so heavy. It’s awful,” he told the paper.
“It’s the best city on earth, but it’s horrible for drivers.”
The worst place to get stuck in a bottleneck, Duncan says, is the Queensboro Bridge.
“I’ve been driving here for 16 years. Traffic is getting worse. Every year, there are more cars on the road,” he said.
According to the data, the Big Apple’s bad congestion was closely followed by Washington, D.C. drivers taking nearly 20 minutes to travel six miles at an average speed of 14 mph.
San Francisco finished third with an average rush hour speed of 15 mph. There, it takes drivers about 20 minutes to get the six miles.
The numbers showed that the average rush hour speed in Boston and Chicago was capped at 16 mph.
In Boston, it takes a driver 19 minutes to cover six miles. Data shows that a Chicago driver takes, on average, 18 minutes to get the same distance.
New York officials were considering imposing a congestion charge on cars entering Manhattan below 60th Street in hopes of reducing traffic overall.
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