Beijing commuters lose $127 a month due to congestion

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Beijing commuters lose an average of 808 yuan ($127) in time-cost per month due to traffic congestion, the highest among major Chinese cities, according to a report.

Traffic grinds to a standstill during the peak rush hour on Monday morning, Sept 22, 2014 near Liujiayao Bridge, Third Ring Road South. [Photo/Xinhua]

Traffic grinds to a standstill during the peak rush hour on Monday morning, Sept 22, 2014 near Liujiayao Bridge, Third Ring Road South. [Photo/Xinhua]

An Analysis Report of Traffic in Major Chinese Cities in the Third Quarter of 2015 was released on Monday by AutoNavi Software Co, a Beijing-based company who provides a location database for Apple Maps.

The report shows that for every one hour of commuting, 30 minutes are wasted on traffic jams in Beijing. Assuming that a commuter spends two hours per day on the road over 22 working days, he will lose 808 yuan a month based on a working time and payment conversion rate of Beijing's average monthly wage of 6,463 yuan in 2014.

Cities with a higher level of development and higher monthly wages lose more money due to congestion, according to the report. The cities losing more than 600 yuan in time-cost after Beijing are Guangzhou (753 yuan), Shenzhen (728 yuan), Shanghai (649 yuan), Dalian (628 yuan) and Tianjin (601 yuan).

It also reveals that Ji'nan, the capital of East China's Shandong province, surpassed Beijing to become the most congested city in the third quarter.

Other cities in the top ten are Beijing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Harbin, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Dalian, Chongqing and Qingdao. Qingdao, another important developed city in Shandong province, entered the top ten list for the first time.

Beijing tops domestic list for traffic congestion in second quarter

Beijing topped the traffic congestion list of 45 major domestic cities in the second quarter, and the frequent use of ride-hailing services was cited in a report as a major reason.

Commuters in Beijing spent on average 32 minutes per hour in traffic jams while traveling during rush hours, said a report released on Tuesday, Aug 25 by AutoNavi Software Co, a mobile web-mapping service provider.Workers' Stadium North Road, adjacent to Taikoo Li Sanlitun, the capital's busy entertainment zone, was ranked as the country's most congested road at night, with accumulated jams totaling 162 hours from April to July, the quarterly report said.

Beijing's West Second Ring Road was ranked as the most severely congested during the daytime, with drivers experiencing congestion for eight hours per day in the second quarter, the report said.

The Beijing Transportation Research Center, under the city transportation commission, also found worsening conditions in July as the traffic index increased 31.6 percent year-on-year. Rush hour congestion was 36.4 percent higher in July than the previous year.

Following the capital, the top five most congested cities were Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Jinan and Dalian from April to July, according to the traffic jam index, which was calculated by AutoNavi.

Rainstorms were a major reason for extended traffic jams, especially in southern cities, which have been hit frequently by heavy rainfall, said the quarterly report, which is based on data from more than 300 million users.

Guangzhou, for example, had 32 days of rain in the second quarter, which contributed significantly to worsening traffic quality. The rain extended typical journeys by 30 minutes.

Frequent use of vehicles from ride-hailing services was also cited as a major factor in worsening traffic, especially in Beijing, the survey said. The traffic jam index began climbing in May.

"E-hailing services have changed passenger habits on commuting and travel, and the frequent use of private vehicles summoned from the services has put more pressure on rush-hour traffic," said Wang Yujing, a data analyst at AutoNavi.

Wang said increased use of public transportation in rush hours could help the situation.

The report also found that 40 of the 45 major cities surveyed saw worsening traffic conditions when compared to the same period last year. First-and second-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu saw more obvious deterioration.

The Beijing Transportation Commission also noted a negative impact from ride-hailing apps.

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