The 10 worst commuter cities

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A recently concluded 'Commuter Pain Study' by IBM found that 67% of the 8,192 motorists surveyed from 20 countries, said that traffic had gotten worse in the last three years, with Beijing topping the list. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Mexico City came second, with 22% of commuters taking more than an hour a day for a typical one way trip to work. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Johannesburg was third on the list, and while commenting on the problems long commutes cause, Naveen Lamba, global lead for Intelligent Transportation, IBM said: "This means a lot of time stuck in traffic and on occasions people just give up and go back home ... and it is not just the individuals affected but there is a cost for businesses and for the cities themselves. You have a cascading affect." (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Coming in fourth, with a predicted move up the list, was New Delhi. Lamba said that the pace of growth in developing cities was contributing to congestion. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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The survey found that among the top frustrations for drivers was the 'stop-start' nature of traffic and rude drivers, a common problem in Milan, Italy. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Another commonly cited cause of frustration for motorists was the lack of infrastructure, the results of which, can be seen in this shot of Moscow traffic. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Although Beijing came out on top of this list, Lamba said that most commuters thought that the situation was improving after China invested in traffic infrastructure, an example which he said could be followed in cities like Buenos Aires, Argentina (pictured). (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Some cities like Sao Paulo in Brazil, have been promoting the use of public transport over personal vehicles, to some success. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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However, though most commuters complain that traffic is getting worse, they seem reluctant to abandon their cars, Lamba said, as can be seen in this shot of Madrid traffic. (Reuters/Getty Images)
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Lamba hopes that the information gathered by the survey could be used by transport officials to better understand and manage traffic flow at peak times in major cities like London, UK. (Reuters/Getty Images)
Sat 24 Jul 2010 08:58 PM GST