How Does L.A.'s Commuter Pain Rank Globally?
IBM surveyed 8,192 motorists in 20 cities on six continents, the majority of whom say that traffic has gotten worse in the past three years. The congestion in many of today's developing cities is a relatively recent phenomenon, having paralleled the rapid economic growth of those cities during the past decade or two. By contrast, the traffic in places like New York, Los Angeles or London developed gradually over many decades, giving officials more time and resources to address the problem.
Using results of the study, IBM created an "index" to rank and chart the level of commuter pain.
The index is comprised of 10 issues: 1) commuting time, 2) time stuck in traffic, 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, and 10) decided not to make trip due to traffic.
So where does L.A. rank, and what does it mean?
We scored a 25 on the Commuter Pain Index, which means our commute is just shy of one-fourth as "onerous" as Beijing, China's (99) but not as pleasant as those in New York (19) or Stockholm, Sweden (15), for example.
The study also shows that 13% of Angelenos say they would work more, provided the commute were better.