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Ultimate gridlock: The world's most painful commutes

Think your daily commute is bad? Just take a look at some of the major cities of the world and you might feel instantly better. Here's a look at who has it the worst and how all that congestion affects commuters.

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ULTIMATE GRIDLOCK

The World’s Most Painful Commutes


You think your commute is bad? Just take a look at some of the major cities of the world and you might instantly feel better. From aggressive drivers to completely unreliable journey times, commuters in these cities have to deal with some of the worst roadway traffic in the world. Here’s a look at who has it the worst and how all that traffic affects us.


THE WORLD’S WORST COMMUTES

IBM surveyed more than 8,000 drivers in 20 cities around the world to gauge just how bad each city’s commute really is. The following index ranks roadway traffic in some of the world’s biggest metropolitan areas.


Mexico City: 108
Shenzhen: 95
Beijing: 95
Nairobi: 88
Johannesburg: 83
Bangalore: 75
New Delhi: 72
Moscow: 65
Milan: 53
Singapore: 44
Buenos Aires: 42
Los Angeles: 34
Paris: 31
Madrid: 28
New York City: 28
Toronto: 27
Stockholm: 26
Chicago: 25
London: 23
Montreal: 21


SYMPTOMS OF A PAINFUL COMMUTE

So what makes a commute so bad? A lot of different factors. The IBM study identified the following characteristics as symptoms of a terrible commute.

1) Long commuting time
2) Long time stuck in traffic
And Agreement That:
3) Price of gas is already too high
4) Traffic has gotten worse
5) Start/stop traffic is a problem
6) Driving causes stress
7) Driving causes anger
8) Traffic affects work
9) Traffic so bad driving stopped
10) Decided not to make trip due to traffic.


WHAT TODAY’S COMMUTERS FACE

Though in many cities roadway traffic has improved over the last few years, commuters still face frustrating start-stop traffic and sluggish speeds.

The Average Commute
12.8 miles one way
33 minutes
Roughly 23 miles per hour

The Worst Part of the Commute 51% Start/stop traffic
31% Unreliable journey time
28% Low speed
27% Rude or aggressive drivers
11% There’s nothing to complain about


HOW TRAFFIC AFFECTS US

Sure, traffic is a hassle, but it actually can take a toll on our health. A sluggish twice-daily drive or train ride can pack on lots of anger and stress.


Traffic and Human Health 69% say traffic negatively affects their health
42% report increased stress due to traffic
35% report increased anger due to traffic


In a World Without Traffic … 56% would spend more time with family and friends
48% would exercise more
29% would sleep more


STRESS LEVELS RISING

Commuters in several cities are more stressed today than ever due to increased congestion. These six cities posted the most notable jumps in the percentage of commuters who say roadway traffic has increased their stress levels.


New York 
45% in 2011 vs. 13% in 2010

Los Angeles 
44% in 2011 vs. 21% in 2010

Toronto
40% in 2011 vs. 14% in 2010

London 
33% in 2011 vs. 19% in 2010

Milan 
61% in 2011 vs. 38% in 2010

Johannesburg
52% in 2011 vs. 30% in 2010


SOURCES: IBM 2011 COMMUTER PAIN STUDY, GIZMODO, FORBES, NEW YORK TIMES

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FOR REFERENCE ONLY

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/35359.wss
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/35314.wss - link to pdf
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferkho/2011/09/08/ibm-survey-commuter-pain-and-road-rage-accelerates/
http://gizmodo.com/5838333/the-most-horrific-traffic-in-the-entire-world
http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/i-b-m-study-quantifies-the-pain-of-commuting/

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