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Los Angeles ranks high in 'commuter pain' study, but things could be worse

June 30, 2010 | 10:53 am

An international "commuter pain" survey released Wednesday shows how Los Angeles compares with 19 other major cities around the world.

The results?

Los Angeles had the worst rating of the three U.S. cities included in the IBM study. But 12 cities scored higher ratings on the Commuter Pain Index, which measured the most frustrating aspects of driving. Amsterdam tied with Los Angeles.

Beijing and Mexico City have the highest level of commuter pain, according to the study. Both scored a 99 on the index. The maximum score on the scale is 100.

Other cities with high ratings included Johannesburg, South Africa (97); Moscow (84); and New Dehli (81). Los Angeles scored 25, while New York scored 19 and Houston 17.

Los Angeles has had the worst rating among American cities in IBM's last two surveys. Of the Angelenos surveyed, 43% said they believed traffic had gotten worse in the last three years, 47% said traffic had negatively affected their health and 15% said traffic had negatively affected their performance at work or school.

The index considered commuting time and time stuck in traffic. Nearly 8,200 people were interviewed in 20 cities for the study, with at least 400 in each participating city.

-- Sam Allen

Photo: An aerial view of the 10 and 110  freeway interchange in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times