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Traffic congestion costs Qatar $1.8bn – report

First Qatar traffic report says country is losing up to 0.9% of GDP due to poor traffic situation

Traffic congestion costs Qatar $1.8bn – report

The cost of traffic congestion to Qatar’s economy was up to
$1.8 billion (or up to 0.9 percent of gross domestic product) last year,
according to a report from Qatar Mobility Innovation Centre (QMIC).

The first Qatar Traffic Report (QTR) showed that each
commuter spent an average of 102 extra hours in their cars due to congestion
last year. 

“We have reached these figures based on analysing more than
50 million speed estimations in major road segments available in the Masarak
Data Bank in 2015," the QMIC’s executive director, Adnan Abu Dayya,
explained during the launch of the QTR.

Based on more than 50 million pieces of data collected
through QMIC’s network of traffic sensors, the report revealed the congestion
levels in peak hours, the most congested areas in the country and the busiest
months.

“QTR is the first national traffic report that could help
ministries, national authorities and the private enterprises in traffic
studies, urban planning, and performance monitoring in the areas of
transportation and road safety,” Abu Dayya said. 

“It can help in assessing the impact of road or
infrastructure projects on traffic over time; monitoring changes in congestion
levels across Qatar; identifying problematic congestion areas in specific times
and days as well as quantifying the economic and environmental impact of road
congestion.”

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