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Brazil: 295km long traffic jams

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Next time you complain about traffic jams in your city, think of the drivers in Brazil’s biggest city, Sao Paulo, which has some of the worst congestion problems in the world.

Friday evenings are a commuter’s worst nightmare in Sao Paulo, reports BBC.

Usually traffic jams extend for a total of 180km, reaching as many as 295km on a really bad day. This means a couple of hours for motorists.

“We have become slaves of traffic and we have to plan our lives around it,” says one driver, who, ironically, met her future husband in one of such severe traffic jams.

There is even a radio station dedicated exclusively to reporting traffic conditions and alternative routes.

It should be added that Sao Paulo houses more than 11 million people. Many of them are striving to get hold of a car to show that they indeed belong to the middle class.

The income of millions of Brazilians has improved thanks to economic growth.

Also the Brazilian car industry has been breaking successive production records over the last decade.

The helicopter industry is growing as well, because the rich can literally afford to hover above traffic jams.

“When it comes to traffic, the worse it gets, the better it is for us. No city in the world will ever manage to end congestion because when traffic flows, people are drawn to their cars. The key is to find a balance, the point at which it is worthwhile for commuters to use public transport because it’s faster than driving”, says Jorge Bittar, owner of Helimart Air Taxi.

“That way Sao Paulo needs urgently to invest more in public transport instead of building new roads and expressways that will only be filled up with more cars,” he adds.

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