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Amsterdam in Traffic Index 2021

In 2021, no change in congestion levels was seen in Amsterdam.

What does the congestion level mean?

A 18% congestion level means that on average, travel times were 18% longer than during the baseline non-congested conditions. This means that a 30-minute trip driven in free-flow condition will take 5 minutes longer when the congestion level is at 18%.

World rank2021

272

Congestion level 2021

How congested was Amsterdam?

18%
0%p
0% less traffic in 2021 vs 2020
no change since 2020
2019202020210%0%0%

CONGESTION MONTH BY MONTH

How did the average congestion level change in 2021 compared to the same months in the previous years?

January 2019-2021
2021
2020
2019
0%
2021
0%
2020
0%
2019

Anomalies in traffic throughout the year

When did we see the unusual highs and lows in the congestion levels?

35days

3days of high traffic

Days with the congestion higher more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

32days of low traffic

Days with the congestion lower more than two times in comparison with respective days in 2019.

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Worst day

What was the most congested day in 2021?

February8Monday
46%

The highest average daily congestion

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WEEKLY TRAFFIC CONGESTION BY TIME OF DAY

What time was rush hour in Amsterdam?

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
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What day of the week had the worst rush hour?

CHANGES IN WORKING DAYS TRAVEL PATTERNS IN 2019-2021

What did the traffic on an average working day look like each month across the years?

Averaged congestion level in selected month in:
  1. 2019
  2. 2020
  3. 2021

January

Are rush hours still a thing?

Let's take a closer look into rush hours. How did they change?Are the roads busier than than they used to be?

WEEKDAY RUSH HOURS

How congested was Amsterdam during rush hour?

Morning rush
0%
21%p
50% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
decrease since 2019
Evening rush
0%
26%p
46% less traffic in 2021 vs 2019
decrease since 2019

Difference in rush hours

How congested was Amsterdam during rush hour throughout 2021 in comparison to 2020 and 2019?

AM peak
PM peak

TIME LOST IN RUSH HOUR - PER TRIP

How much extra time was spent driving in rush hour?

2021
+ 6 min
per 30 min trip
+ 9 min
per 30 min trip
+ 8 min
per 30 min trip
2020
+ 9 min
per 30 min trip
+ 13 min
per 30 min trip
2019
+ 17 min
per 30 min trip

TIME LOST IN RUSH HOUR - PER YEAR

How much extra time was spent driving in rush hours over the year?

59 hours = 2 days 11 hours 2 days, 6 hours less than in 2019

2021
2020
2019

And what about emissions?

We can’t talk about congestion without mentioning its impact on the environment. Have you ever wondered how traffic and congestion levels affect CO2 emissions? What is the cost of congestion to the environment and what can we do to offset it?

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TOTAL EMISSIONS AND COST OF CONGESTION IN 2021

How was Amsterdam affected by traffic related emissions? What was the cost of congestion and its impact on the environment?

0.84megatonnes/year
of CO2 was emitted in total in 2021
was emitted due to increased congestion (cost of congestion)
0,06megatonnes

Fleet composition

What is the impact of fleet composition on emissions?

47.7%

gasoline vehicles

42.3%

diesel vehicles

0.5%

hybrid vehicles

9.5%

electric vehicles

emitted respective amount of CO2 per year

0.33Mt0.51Mt0.00Mt

Where the yearly EV fleet

electricity demand in

Amsterdam is

120257 MWh

Spatial distribution of emissions throughout the day

When and where are greenhouse gases and pollutants emitted in Amsterdam? See the changes in air quality due to traffic and congestion.

Total CO2 emissions in Amsterdam over an average traffic weekday.

Daily Emissions Distribution

The X axis shows the time of day. The Y axis shows the emitted CO2 per hour of the day.

1700 tonnes
of CO2 emitted during low traffic day
2450 tonnes
of CO2 emitted during average traffic day
2900 tonnes
of CO2 emitted during high traffic day

was emitted during average traffic day due to increased congestion (daily cost of congestion)

390tonnes
The color code shows the amount of emission in kilograms of a given segment. This allows us to clearly see how much and when each road, intersection, and other road features contribute to total emissions.
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