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Mexico City World's Worst Commute

IBM ranks global commuting attitudes

Mexico City, Mexico is the worst place to commute, and Montreal, Canada, the best, according to a new survey published yesterday by International Business Machines, or IBM. The survey asked 8,042 people in major cities across world a variety of questions about their commutes, from travel times to how much they pay for fuel. Surprisingly, the survey found that communing times are dropping, the result of improving transportation infrastructures combined with high fuel prices and a weak global economy. But that mix has raised what the survey calls "commuting pain," a measure of how much people dislike their commutes. “A person’s emotional response to the daily commute is colored by many factors," said IMB transportation expert Naveen Lamba. This year's survey, Lamba said, "indicates that drivers in cities around the world are much more unsettled and anxious compared with 2010.” Of the 20 metropolises studied, American cities fared reasonably well. Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago each ranked among the ten least-painful commutes.

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