300 Kilometer Traffic Jams

September 26, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Paulo Cabral reported from Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, about the traffic problem:

  • On Friday evenings traffic jams can stretch as far as 300 kilometers (with an average of 180km).
  • Cars move so slowly for so long that at least one couple got married after spying each other as their cars inched along in the jam.
  • There is a radio station that runs 24/7 that does nothing but report on the traffic – and creative routes to escape it.
  • Helicopters have become an increasingly popular way to commute.

Read more about how this affects Brazil’s economy, and why building more roads isn’t really the solution over here.

Source: BBC