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Thought your 30-minute jam was bad? In some cities, gridlock can last for 20 days
By Edward Falzon
They say the adventure isn't in the destination, but in the journey.
That's fine in theory, but after hours inhabiting a hot car in bumper-to-bumper traffic, there's a point when you want to say, “Screw the journey, someone airlift me to my hotel!”
After surveying IBM's 2011 Commuter Pain survey, World Bank statistics and other Internet sources, we put together this non-scientific list of the worst cities for anyone wanting to maintain a perception that there's still any romance left in driving.
10. Monaco

Where should we park? Here's good.

According to World Bank statistics, world leading Monaco has more cars per capita than its nearest rival, the United States.

Granted, with such a low population, that's only 31,000 cars. But given that Monaco covers just 1.98 square kilometers, that makes it the most densely packed country in the world.
Think Hong Kong, but with three times as many commuters. Even if the traffic is good, you'll often spend more time looking for a parking spot than it would have taken you to walk to your destination.
At just 3.2 kilometers long, Monaco isn't just bad for driving, it's pointless.
Redeeming quality: With all the Bentleys, Aston Martins, McLarens and other supercars for which Monaco is famous, at least you'll be surrounded by luxury during peak hour.
9. Toronto, Canada

No wonder traffic's bad -- all these riot police keep holding things up.

For the daily commute, Toronto rated itself last out of 19 developed cities in a 2010 survey, and 19th out of 24 in 2011.
“Our 80-minute-average round-trip journey to work merits us a 'D' and even lags behind the legendary Los Angeles by 24 minutes,” said Carol Wilding, president and CEO of Toronto Board of Trade.
But, Wilding tells us, it gets worse. “The fact that this indicator includes all modes of transport does not reflect well on our transit system.” (Watch the YouTube clip here.)
Developed, educated, cashed-up nations like Monaco and Canada have no excuse. If Canadians can take the time to learn French, they can take the time to fix the traffic.
Redeeming quality: More time to eat poutine and listen to the Maple Leafs miss another Stanley Cup playoffs.
8. Moscow, Russia

Traffic with a view.

In IBM’s Commuter Pain survey, almost half of Moscow drivers claimed to have waited as long as three or more hours in peak-hour traffic.
Moscow's grand road plan was designed by Stalin who, it seems, was frightened by a spider's web at an impressionable age.
The plan, however, was put into play when the capital had around 10,000 registered cars. Today, the figure is closer to 4 million, with 600,000 added in the past year.
Redeeming quality: Crawling through traffic gives you plenty of chances to check out gaudy monuments to Russian dynamism.
7. São Paolo, Brazil

What you don't know is that this was a three-hour exposure.

With no ring roads, São Paulo's 20 million residents have to maneuver across the city on local streets.

São Paulo may be the economic and industrial center of South America, but its road system seems to have been explicitly designed for perpetual standstill.
Though the city wasn't included in the 2011 Commuter Pain survey, it “won” fifth place in 2010. TIME magazine also dubbed its roadways the worst in the world for traffic in 2008.
Redeeming quality: Well, it is Brazil. Chatting up the guy/girl in the car next to you is actually possible here.
6. Lagos, Nigeria

These roads were made for walking.

After the World Bank gave Lagos US$150 million to build new roads, the country bought buses instead.

Lagos' problem is the same as in other cities on this list: awful roads, too many cars.
Things are so bad that Lagosians have given peak-hour driving a new name: “Go-Slow.”
In 2010, due perhaps to a concern that people might have wanted it fixed, Governor Babatunde Fashola described the daily gridlock as a “blessing” because it was a sign of “economic prosperity.”
Redeeming quality: You can pass the time calculating how much time you'd have saved if only you'd caught one of those shiny new buses that just passed by.
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5. Johannesburg, South Africa

World's most colorful traffic jams?

Jo'burg scored fifth-worst on the Commuter Pain survey in 2011.
Why? For starters, more than two-thirds of drivers are driving alone to work. Try carpooling, people -- it saves time, energy and an occasional planet.
Johannesburg's traffic is so bad, one South African netizen devised an anti-road-rage driving game that rewards calm and deducts points for bad behavior.
Redeeming quality: Ram a taxi out of frustration and almost no one will blame you.

4. Mexico City, Mexico

Traffic in Mexico City comes in many forms.

This city's population has quadrupled in 40 years, but road infrastructure hasn't kept pace.
In 2007, President Felipe Calderon announced a five-year infrastructure-improvement plan, costing US$37 billion.
Five years on, IBM reports that Mexico City still managed to score 13 percent higher than the second-place-holder for frustration, anger, annoyance and overall driver misery.
Redeeming quality: Mexico City's subway system is excellent. So, never mind the surface -- head underground.
3. Manila, Philippines

Well, they said they wanted the traffic to flow ...

In 2001, Manila borrowed US$60 million from the World Bank for transit-related activities. Among other things, the funds were meant to “promote the use of non-motorized transport.”
A campaign asking locals to “Please stop driving,” however, wasn't necessarily the best approach to traffic management.
According to one report, “Residents perceive traffic congestion as their number one problem, followed by air pollution, garbage collection, flood control and the need for security.”
So, Filipinos care more about getting to work on time than they do about respiratory ailments, mounting trash heaps, drowning or being assaulted? Capitalism wins again!
Redeeming quality: You're in a country in which smooth-flowing traffic is apparenly of utmost importance to residents. So, you gotta figure somebody, somewhere is working on the problem. Right?
2. New Delhi, India

They may be slow, but you won't challenge them for right-of-way.

India has the highest number of annual road deaths of any country.
According to former Joint Commissioner of Police Maxwell Pereira, “Ninety-nine percent of the accidents, the fatal accidents that occur outside the cities are due to drunken driving.”
Rush hour in New Delhi isn't only the most stressful time to drive, it's also the most dangerous. Probably a fair bet that the threat of death contributes to stress levels.
Redeeming quality: India's Traffic People organization now offers live traffic updates for New Delhi, so if you're stuck, you can call home with an accurate estimate of how late you'll be arriving.
1. Beijing, China

Beijing -- world's biggest car lot?

Beijing scored third on the 2011 Commuter Pain Index, but has the honor of topping our list thanks to its 20-day, 70-kilometer traffic jam of June 2010, and the sequel, a 12-day, 100-kilometer jam just two months later.
That any road can stay jammed for this long defies comprehension; the achivement deserves pride of place.
The main catalyst for Beijing's kill-me-now driver nightmares are rapid growth in local car population and ever-increasing traffic from Inner Mongolia -- trucks transporting more and more coal into the power-hungry, carbon-fueled capital.
The traffic is only expected to grow more dense.
Redeeming quality: Lengthy standstills have led to the creation of small roadside markets for stricken commuters' shopping convenience.

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