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The world's worst cities for rush hour traffic

By Andrea Lo, CNN

Updated 12:37 AM ET, Tue October 23, 2018
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Los Angeles consistently tops lists of the world's most congested cities. In metropolitan LA, 84% of commuters chose to drive or carpool to work in 2017, according to Inrix. It's no wonder LA is known as a "driving city." FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images
Moscow is the second-most congested city in the world, based on the average time drivers spend in rush hour traffic -- 91 hours, according to the INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
Over in the capital of Thailand, drivers spent an average of 64 hours in rush hour traffic. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
A traffic jam on a Jakarta highway. If you drive here during rush hour traffic, expect to spend up to 63 hours stuck in congestion per year, as drivers in the city did in 2017. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
The Turkish city doesn't fare any better -- drivers spent a bottom-numbing 59 hours stuck in traffic in rush hour per year. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images
And in Mexico City, drivers spent an average of 58 hours in congestion during peak hours. HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images
Things aren't better in St Petersburg, where drivers spent 54 hours waiting on the road. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images
The Chinese capital city once famous for being home to "nine million bicycles" is now notorious for its traffic jams, as people swap two wheels for four. VCG via Getty Images
Guangzhou in the southern province of Guangdong is another Chinese city that has notoriously bad traffic. Here, heavy congestion is pictured downtown. MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images
The southwest Chinese city of Chongqing is built on several rivers and mountains, and its road network is full of bridges and tunnels -- all of which contribute to a buildup of traffic. Getty Images