Time wasted in traffic

The latest edition of Time Magazine published some interesting statistics.

Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday.

This is an American study. A close estimate by me would be that people in Karachi waste about a month in commuting around the city. What do you think?

16 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 1:15 am

    So far till 5th of Ramzan, my commuting time to work in morning is USUAL – 25 minutes. Coming back home – is 35 (instead of 45 usual)

    I start from home at 8 AM and leave from work t 4 PM – yes am in Karachi & I drive a 4 wheeled vehicle.

    I do not use SF – !


  2. aaXz (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 1:30 am

    Dont be so pessimistic. People in America drive much longer distances to go to office, and in many areas through clogged traffic too. Travelling from one city to another usually isnt a big deal.


  3. JACKnJILL (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

    i think you really need to get a life.


  4. MS (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 4:30 am

    I don’t think there is anything wrong in discussing that or to know how much time people spend in commuting.

    Back in Karachi, I used to spend around 45-60 minutes to commute by bus from Gulshan to my office @ Sharah-e-Faisal. By car, it used to take less, may be 25-30 minutes. For sure, Karachi was not facing the today’s traffic nightmare @ that time. Now it takes me less than 10 minutes to commute one way to/from work :)

    I agree with aaXz. One of my friends spends around 3 hours daily in commute! He has to change two buses and one train in order to reach his office!!! Its like going to Hydrabad for work daily.

    People in Karachi are still better in terms of the proximity of work places; its just traffic problems make it worst, thats all.


  5. mansoor (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 9:19 am

    at 2 hours (up and down) daily, a rough estimate is 552 hours per year, or 23 days per year sitting in traffic.

    at 6 hours a day (as suggested by MS) the figure comes to around 1656 hours or 69 days a year!~!!

    (these figures are made using a 276 day work year subtracting sundays and alternate saturdays weekends and public holidays)


  6. mansoor (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 9:20 am

    my travel time is roughly 40 minutes (15 minutes to work and 25 minutes back) which makes it around 7.5 days a year.


  7. HITMAN (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 9:43 am

    My office timings r from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    so my time to office has been reduced to 18 minutes from usual 30 and backtime has been reduced to 30 mins from 45. Its from N. Nazimabad to Baloch Colony flyover S.F.


  8. amin polani (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    Guys traffic in bangkok dubai and mumbai is much worse than karachi, you are better of staying at home if you are 15 minutes late in the morning in dubai, the good thing about karachi is that the business is not concentrated in one area and it is spread out, i am sure that this traffic is not like what used to be 5 years ago but we have to see also how many good improvement have taken place on roads we have some signal free roads and we will have more plus the bypasses when open will give karachi a relief, what is needed is a central transport system which can be big buses which people can use without being crushed in the rush hour, ill like to use a bus instead drive to work if this is possible (like the metro bus when they started).


  9. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    u r rite amin polani. lets pray in ramzan, that central transport system gets started ne how.


  10. Sohail (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

    Karachities! what are you talking about, i am in NYC, my daily commute is 2 hrs by train, if i drive then forget about it, could be upto 3 to 4 hrs or more. Here in NYC traffic is worst than anywhere else in the world.
    I take express train that take me 1 hr to reach at my work and 1 hr from work to home.
    One day i took bus becouse train track got flood in heavy rain, so it took me 2.5hrs to reach at work.


  11. D0ct0r (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    compared to last ramazan things are alot better despite some of the major roads being dug up.. supreme court’s sue moto action seems to be step in the right direction.. we need more of these sue moto actions to make karachiite’s life easier


  12. D0ct0r (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    compared to last ramazan things are alot better despite some of the major roads being dug up.. supreme court’s sue moto action seems to be step in the right direction.. we need more of these sue moto actions to make karachiite’s life easier


  13. D0ct0r (unregistered) on September 19th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    compared to last ramazan things are alot better despite some of the major roads being dug up.. supreme court’s sue moto action seems to be step in the right direction.. we need more of these sue moto actions to make karachiite’s life easier


  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    seems like some problem with my connection.. kindly delete extra msgs..


  15. Notonebuttwo (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    Karachi traffic is bad, but the overall distances are shorter than in certain regions in America. My commute time can take anywhere from 25-50 mins one way (on my way home) in Karachi, but it was MUCH (60 mins each way) longer each way when in the US. Dubai has some of the worst traffic jams and in London you can easily spend 2 hours (one way) in traffic. So…. we are still relatively better off here, though the actual traffic / civic sense leaves a lot to be desired.


  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    all of these major cities have an effective mass transit system and people prefer to use that instead of using their private car..



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