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Edinburgh ranked 'second most congested city in the UK'

But Los Angeles was the city with the world's biggest rush-hour traffic delays, said the study, with 104.1 hours. In the 2015 study, D.C. was ranked 40th in the world.

According to the study, which looked at 1,064 cities around the world, including 240 in the U.S., Denver drivers spent an average of 36 hours in traffic a year ago, costing each driver more than $1,180.

Moscow took second place, with motorists sitting in traffic jams for 91 hours, followed by NY on 89.

According to the newly published findings the United Kingdom is the third worst traffic congestion country in Europe and drivers are spending an average of 32 hours a year stuck in rush-hour gridlock.

As far as the global ranking of cities, Bangkok was rated as the 12th most congested in the world, while L.A. took home the winning number one spot. The congestion rate is the percentage of total drive time spent in traffic congestion during peak and non-peak hours.

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"A stable USA economy, continued urbanization of major cities, and factors such as employment growth and low gas prices have all contributed to increased traffic in 2016", Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX, said in a statement.

"The demand for driving is expected to continue to rise, while the supply of roadway will remain flat", wrote Bob Pishue, senior economist at Inrix, in a statement.

Some of the most congested municipalities are taking steps to get traffic moving, the report says.

Pishue says the study used federal metrics for the value of lost time and fuel, along with the environmental impact of carbon emissions to calculate the bottom-line costs to drivers and municipalities from motorists idling in traffic. This contributed to congestion costing London drivers £1,911 each and the capital as a whole £6.2 billion from direct and indirect costs.

And the time spent going nowhere costs the economy an estimated £30billion a year. New York's I-95 East ranked third. San Francisco's Smart I-80 corridor, which opened in September could be helping to keep traffic from worsening.

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