The Insane Ways People Commute Around The World

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Commuting.Just the word is enough to inspire shudders among workers everywhere. Hundreds of people that are, for the most part, heading to places they do not want to be, is not typically a pleasant experience.

Across the USA, the average travel time from home to work is almost 26 minutes. And for many people, that is on the short side. People who take public transport average a whopping 48 minutes to get to work each morning.

But we have it easy. Other corners of the world need to dodge moving trains, avalanches, rising fuel costs, and sub-par infrastructure in order to make it to work on time.

Some people in Mexico City even have a round trip commute of four hours.

While the methods of commuting may vary around the world, one common thread is that everyone has to find the best way to get to their destination.

So how do people deal with the obstacles?

Tokyo's subways are notoriously packed. The trains average more than 8 million riders daily

A bicycle jam in Shanghai, China leaves traffic at a standstill

A massive snowstorm and avalanche shut down Afghanistan's Salang Tunnel. Even though it was closed to vehicular traffic, many commuters ended up walking through to their destination

Rush hour commuters line up for taxis outside Grand Central Station in New York City

During a transit strike, New Yorkers took to the streets and crossed the Brooklyn Bridge by foot

Commuters in Jakarta, Indonesia have taken to riding on top of the overcrowded trains. Government efforts to stop the practice have so far gone unheeded

Fuel increases in the city also led commuters to hitch a ride on Army trucks

The rail network in India carries almost 20 million people daily

Buses and people clog the streets of Manila, Philippines on a daily basis

Women in Mexico City frequently commute by bicycle while wearing high heels

Increases in gas prices led commuters in Islamabad, Pakistan to protest by blocking the expressways to all traffic

By comparison, a solo commute by car in Los Angeles seems luxurious

Now check out some ways to speed up that commute.

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