Moscow to tackle jams

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Moscow authorities plan to clamp down on traffic jams using Seoul's model of traffic organisaton. The city will spend 6.5bn roubles ($229.2m) in budget funds for that purpose.

Moscow drivers suffer the longest traffic jams of major cities, making for a 'grueling atmosphere that inhibits commerce, International Business Machines (IBM) said in a July 2010 report. The average Muscovite motorist spent a whopping two and a half hours stuck in traffic at least once in the last three years, IBM said in its first global study on the emotional and economic toll of commuting" . More than 40% of drivers in the Russian capital reported jams exceeding three hours, or three times the average for the 20 cities in the Commuter Pain report. The daily commute in some of the worlds most economically important international cities is longer and more grueling than before imagined, reflecting the failure of transportation infrastructure to keep pace with economic activity, Armonk, New York–based IBM said. Russias Transportation Ministry estimates that traffic delays in and around Moscow cost the economy 400bn rubles ($12. 8bn) a year, or 6% of gross product. The city needs to add 400 kilometers of roads to ease the 650 traffic jams that occur on average every day, according to the ministry. Public spending on transportation in Russia fell to 1. 9% of gross domestic product in 2010 from the already low level of 2. 5% in 2009, the World Bank said. The quality of the countrys road infrastructure is ranked 111th in the world, according to the Washington–based bank. Beijing, New YorkHalf of the 8, 192 motorists on five continents surveyed by IBM said gridlock has worsened in the last three years. Beijing and New Delhi showed the most improvement, while Johannesburg, Moscow and Toronto showed the least. Beijing and Moscow led the world with the most road trips canceled due to anticipated traffic jams. Beijing won the title of most onerous commute overall, when factors such as traffic predictability, gasoline prices and emotional stress are included. Mexico City was second worst, followed by Johannesburg, Moscow and New Delhi. Stockholm, Melbourne and Houston have the least painful commutes. More than half of the motorists polled, or 57%, said traffic stress has harmed their health, led by Mexico City and Sao Paolo, while drivers in Beijing and Moscow reported being the angriest. New Yorkers reported less anxiety than drivers from any other city, with just 34% feeling traffic stress on a regular basis, followed by Houston, Melbourne and Toronto. These are all cities with well–developed transportation systems, IBM said in the report.

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