Forbes has run a piece outlining what are "arguably" the worst traffic jams in history - a list that naturally starts at Number Two since the traffic jam you're in is always the worst. Based on the dates, it looks like things are getting worse, quickly; the list of ten goes all the way back to 1969, with one in 1980 and another in 1990, but the remaining seven happened right here in our new millennium.

They also span the globe, but none of them took place in any of the ten cities currently listed as the worst spots in the world for traffic jams (in order from worst to not-as-worst: Brussels, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Milan, London, Paris, Honolulu, Rotterdam, Manchester and San Francisco). Holidays and weather are the main culprits, but special guests like the music festival and The Wall had their day, as well. Head on over to Forbes for the skinny on the stop-and-go.


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      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That picture makes me cringe
      ayeco
      • 1 Year Ago
      You're not stuck in traffic, you ARE traffic.
      JonnyO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Chicago jam was due to a bus breaking down, which halted traffic, which meant the plows couldn't keep things clear. The snow packed everyone in like mortar around bricks. I've seen traffic in all the usual US congestion zones, but none of them come close to Sao Paulo. It's like LA except slightly bigger and twice as dysfunctional. People, some as young as children, stand in the middle of 16-lane highways selling water and cell phone chargers. It's perfectly safe, since you're not going anywhere anyway. I once spent over three hours just to do a 26-mile trip to the airport. My driver must have had nerves of steel.
      Living Legend
      • 1 Year Ago
      Coming out of Long Island, NY in to NJ, 25 mile backup and there was no accident.
      Slizzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      You really haven't seen a traffic jam until you've experienced a German Stau.
        02BMW530
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Slizzo
        Too true. 50 km stau sitting still? 90 degrees and sunny? Been there, sometimes in cars w/o A/C...ugh.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      When stuck in heavy traffic I often visualize how it would look if suddenly our cars and trucks "evaporated" leaving just the occupants standing on the roadway. I then calculate how many of these, now highway "pedestrians", could be fitted onto buses and passenger trains. My conclusion; our transportation infrastructure and transportation modes are antiquated. This problem isn't terribly different than how the IT industry evolved from centralized, to distributed, back to centralized processing (thin client/"clouds"). It's really a question of traffic-packet capacity and how much lag time will people tolerate.
        goodoldgorr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Edsel
        The future might be elevated highway lane. Automated and electric. You just go with your car at a place that take your adapted car , the system pin the car to the buggy and then you go to the destination. No jam once started, all is regulated by computer, no accidents, no driving, unlimited place as all is in the air. All it tke is steel and electricity. The suburb to the town and also parking and metros. There is no more space on the groung for more conventional highway. More mpg, less pollution and the convenience to be able to go everywhere into your car. the car can be modified for a thousand box to be able to be pinne safely. Please begin this experiment in los-angeles with the help of gm, ford, Toyota, pacific gas and electricity, general electric, bombardier, epa, doa, California government, space x, nasa, effiel construction infrastructure, al gore, Arnold swarcheneger, elusivegene, edsel, chris m, dan fredericsen, autoblog green journalist, popular mechanic, bloggers.
          brotherkenny4
          • 1 Year Ago
          @goodoldgorr
          Our purpose is not to effectively transport people. Our purpose is to consume. Individual transportation units that use an increasingly limited fuel. It is perfect for our owners and their enrichment. Also, cities are not the problem, people living in the suburbs and commuting to jobs in the city is the problem. If urban areas were nicer places to live, many would choose that life instead. But our leaders at the behest of their bosses make cities harsh and unfriendly, driving people to seek sanctuary in the suburbs. And that process continues on because infinite growth and profit are what is really the plan. Of course, not for most people (profit that is), their job is to consume and provide the profits. It is their only purpose and reason for existing.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF ? Those aren't traffic jams, this is a traffic jam ! [www.autoevolution.com › News › Coverstory‎ ] The Peoples Republic of China, experiences traffic jams lasting weeks ! I met an enterprising young Chinese female who, with her brothers, had started an electric bicycle (tandem) service delivering all kinds of services to trapped drivers. (even a Toilet/ washing facility !) Her services included food, refreshment, taxi (tandem bike) car sitters, TV hire, mobile phone, battery charging, gasoline, bedding, tents, breathing masks, medicine, reading material, postal service, Toilet/ washing facility !, clothing, blankets. anything you can imagine, all supplied on bicycles along the nearly 60 mile traffic jam. These traffic jams occur with such frequency in the PRC that she has been issued with official recognition as an essential service by the PRC Bureau of Public Safety !
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's where I live... I can see the traffic (FWY 405) out the window.
        adika3z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Awhattup
        also 5, 10, 60, 101, 210, 605 and 710 are heavy traffic jams
      RLJ151
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even that could have been worse. Could have been this episode of Dr. Who, generations in 1 traffic jam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gridlock_(Doctor_Who) Keeping it all in perspective. :)
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe it is time for another approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuBdf9jYj7o
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crow. Glad I work for myself. . . telecommute if I need to, but my commute is short.
      adika3z
      • 1 Year Ago
      heavy traffic jams can cause more SMOGGY SMOGGY
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