Metro Manila, on an urban level, was named as having the “worst traffic on Earth,” based on a global evaluation conducted by Waze, a GPS-based navigation app.
Scores ranging from 10 (satisfying) to 1 (miserable) were assigned after examining 50 million Waze users in 32 countries and 167 major city areas.
The answers were then evaluated for the Global Driver Satisfaction Index posted on Waze’s website Tuesday (September 29).
The Waze Global Driver Satisfaction Index were based on six key factors:
- Traffic level by frequency and severity of traffic jams
- Road quality and infrastructure
- Driver safety based on accidents, road hazards, and weather
- Driver services like access to gas stations and easy parking
- Socio-economic (World Bank) including access to cars and impact of gas prices
- “Wazeyness,” the level of helpfulness and happiness within the Waze community
“Worst traffic on Earth”
According to the survey, Manila, on a city level, ranked number one with the “worst traffic on Earth” with Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Jakarta not far behind.
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Manila scored a measly 0.4 in the traffic index and the Philippines ranked as the ninth worst place to drive.
The survey said Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic, and U.S. reported an easy and breezy driving experience.
It said that globally, traffic — or the lack of it — is a key indicator of driver satisfaction.
The Philippine government has proposed various ways to ease EDSA, a major thoroughfare in Metro Manila, such as the implementation of the Highway Patrol Group of the Philippine National Police to untangle traffic, the opening of alternate routes dubbed as Mabuhay Lanes, and the construction of modular steel bridges in five areas.
Longest commute time
Manila again topped the survey for the longest minutes spent commuting from home to office with an average time of 45.5 minutes. The survey recorded Jakarta with 42.1 minutes of travel time.
In an exclusive story published earlier, CNN Philippines reporters traveled EDSA one morning and took 41 minutes via the Metro Rail Transit from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft in Pasay City, and two hours and 15 minutes via a bus ride.
In half of the cities Waze analyzed, the average speed of cars on the roads were less than 63.15 kilometers per hour.
Other key factors
The Philippines ranked the lowest in the socio-economic index with a score of 0, which accounts for gas prices and access to cars or ratio of cars to the population.
The country was the 13th country with the worst road quality, such as poor high-speed roads density and road issues density, with a score of 5.8.
Filipino Wazers were the among the worst in the “Wazeyness” index, which records the gratitude and happiness by the Waze users.
But it isn’t all bad in the Philippines.
The country scored the best country in the drivers’ services among the surveyed countries. This means there are ample amounts of gas stations, car services, and parking lots.
The Philippines is the fourth best in safety, according to the survey. Taken into account are the number of accidents, hazards, and weather.
This feature originally appeared in CNN.