Metro Manila traffic congestion may be world's worst, says Waze

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2019 04:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 29 2019 05:52 PM

MANILA - Metro Manila is again set to take the dubious honor as the world's worst city for drivers, according to traffic navigation app Waze. 

It takes around 4.9 minutes for a motorist to cover just 1 kilometer in the Philippine capital, Waze country head Sarah Rodriguez was quoted in a Bloomberg report. 

This is worse than Bogota, Colombia where it takes 4 minutes to travel 1 kilometer, and Jakarta, Indonesia where it takes 3.83 minutes to drive the same distance. 

Other cities that were noted in the report are Sao Paulo, Brazil and Tel Aviv, Israel, where it takes an average of more than two and a half minutes to travel 1 kilometer. 

The Waze report was based on data gathered in September, and traffic is expected to only get worse in the succeeding months with the Christmas holiday season.

Metro Manila has consistently been ranking as among the worst cities in the world to drive a vehicle. 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently ranked Metro Manila as the most congested city in developing Asia in a report released last month. 

ADB cited the lack of efficient public transport as one of the reasons for the congestion.

The Philippine capital’s traffic congestion costs the country P3.5 billion daily, a 2017 data from the Japan International Cooperation Agency showed. This could rise to P5.4 billion by 2035 if no interventions are made.

Traffic congestion is also costing lives as ambulances face severe delays to reach hospitals. 

Earlier this month, the capital's 3 main mass transit systems suffered breakdowns all on the same week, prompting an administration critic to say that Metro Manila was already experiencing a 'transport crisis.'