IBM Commuter Pain Index

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    To better understand consumer attitudes around traffic congestion as the issue continues to grow around the world, IBM conducted the 2011 Commuter Pain survey. The IBM Commuter Pain Index, illustrated in this speedometer graphic, ranks the emotional and economic toll of commuting in 20 international cities. From right to left, cities are plotted from least painful starting with Montreal and gradually increase to the most painful city, Mexico City. Read the news release:

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    1. beltzner 43 months ago | reply

      I do wonder what the index is based on, as Toronto has one of the longest car commutes in Canada (if not North America) and while there's a decent transit system, it's often plagued with delays.

    2. deephalo 43 months ago | reply

      I guess Istanbul wasn't at all in any consideration. Also I don't see any Indian city here too ...

    3. Caspar Chiquet 43 months ago | reply

      @deephalo I can see New Delhi and Bangalore in that graph? But it seems they only sampled a few cities, because if Beijing and Shenzhen make the list, there should be another dozen Chinese cities coming before the US and European cities. I guess the same goes for India.

    4. rnb_superstar 43 months ago | reply

      I think Toronto is probably the worst. I have to agree with Beltzner, there have been many research studies that confirm Toronto as the worst.

    5. umpascunny 43 months ago | reply

      Canadians are so wedded to the automobile many don't realize how much it is costing them both in cash and time. They see it as normal human behaviour. Withdraw government subsidies to the oil industry and let those user's pay the real financial costs of their addiction, and watch these Commuter Pain Index numbers peak.

    6. tsgopali 42 months ago | reply

      Banaglore is better if you can WALK. Its is an exercise which can decrease your travel time and increase your LIFE

    7. SimonB_Bkk 31 months ago | reply

      No Bangkok? I've witnessed 16 km journeys take 8 hours here!!!

    8. veephoto 31 months ago | reply

      Lagos, Nigeria is traffic hell on earth ,terrible narrow potholed roads, no rules,. Bangkok and Manila are bad but not in the same league. Jakarta is up there in olympic level bad traffic, too. Singapore? no way,

    9. AHSAN HABIB 31 months ago | reply

      Dhaka(capital of Bangladesh) has been unfairly excluded, otherwise it would have secured the top position with a record score:)
      I can bet all my money on this....

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