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Nashville ranks among the highest for traffic congestion worldwide

A study from INRIX shows Nashvillians spent an additional seven hours or so sitting in traffic last year, up 13% from 2022.

A close up of cars backed up bumper to bumper down a roadway.

On the road again... | Photo via Pexels

Oh, give us a brake. If you think Nashville traffic is getting worse, you’re right.

INRIX, a software company specializing in transportation analytic solutions, released its Global Traffic Scorecard for 2023. The study looks at three years of mobility data to produce travel delay comparisons, costs of congestion to drivers, and commuting trends across 900+ cities around the world.

Don’t throw away the keys just yet. Let’s take a closer look at the findings:

  • No. 12 for congestion in the US and No. 39 worldwide
  • 56 hours in traffic, up 13% from 2022
  • Cost of congestion per driver: $985
  • Peak speed during morning and afternoon commutes: 30 mph

Curious which local routes are frequented the most by fellow drivers? Click the “commute areas” tab.

Now, let’s leave all of that in the rearview. The way we see it is, you have ~seven more hours to listen local. We’ve put together a playlist of feel-good tunes and podcasts to pass the time. Here’s a little preview:

  • Curious Nashville | Podcast | Listeners decide which question about the city and region Nashville Public Radio explores and answers next.
  • “Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice | Song | The freeway is no parking lot, but the sentiment is the same.
  • Living Fully with Mallory Ervin | Podcast | The lifestyle blogger and YouTube personality brings inspirational stories and life lessons she and her guests have learned over the years to lead to a fuller life.
  • “Good As Gold” by Moon Taxi | Song | If you need a little encouragement, this tune speaks to the moment your hard work pays off.

Since you’re in the driver’s seat, let us know what you’d like to see added to the playlist.

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