35 photos that will make you grateful for your commute

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Your Long Commute is Adding Inches to Your Waistline

The average American spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic — or 90 hours a year if you live in LA.

Those numbers get worse in the world's megacities: Commuters in Mexico City, Moscow, and Beijing can sit in traffic for hours every day. Here are a few gripping images of those journeys.

Drake Baer and Alex Davies contributed to an earlier version of this article.

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35 photos that will make you grateful for your commute

Thousands of people commute to work in Bangladesh by boat. Here, residents of Dhaka take out their umbrellas.

(AP Photo/ Saurabh Das)

The security checks during rush hour in Beijing make for insanely long lines. The checks have been tightened due to an attack in China's Xinjiang region, where dozens were killed in May 2014.

(Photo via REUTERS/Jason Lee)

It doesn't get much easier once you're actually on the train.

(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Getting home from work in Beijing is a bit of a zoo, too.

(Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Being a pedestrian in Tokyo means having a lot of company.

(Photo via REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections. Traffic lights go red all at once, so up to 2,500 people try to cross at the same time.

(Photo by Tom Bonaventure via Getty Images)

Lots of Bangkok residents take the canal boat to work.

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

In Jakarta, Indonesia, the front of the train is fair game, too.

(Photo via REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Even when heavy rains flood the Indian city of Guwahati, people still have to schlep to work.

(Photo via REUTERS/Utpal Baruah)

It's hard to imagine being stuck in this Mumbai commuter train.

(Photo via REUTERS/Arko Datta)

Getting on the train in Colombo, Sri Lanka's largest city, requires some patience.

(Photo via REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Heavy rain didn't deter these men in Karachi, Pakistan, from riding on the outside of a bus.

(Photo via REUTERS/Athar Hussain)

But it pales in comparison to what trains look like in Indonesia's West Java province, where just 300 cars serve 500,000 commuters each day.

(Photo via REUTERS/Crack Palinggi)

Commuters were stranded after a 2009 typhoon washed out a chunk of a Philippines highway north of Manila.

(Photo via REUTERS/Stringer)

There are more than 37 million motorbikes in Vietnam, so rush hour in Ho Chi Minh City is a blur.

(Photo by Steve Casimiro via Getty Images)

In Soweto, South Africa, you often have to take the train into your own hands.

(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

At 21 million people, Lagos has become Africa's largest city. It was only 1.4 million in 1970, so as you might imagine, traffic is rough.

(Photo via REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)

A lack of infrastructure makes commuting in Mbare, Zimbabwe, an ordeal done in darkness.

(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The congestion in Cairo, Egypt, gets so deadlocked that you can't tell where the traffic ends and the market begins.

(Photo via REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Thousands of residents of La Paz, Bolivia, take the cable car system — the world's highest.

(AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A May 2014 bus driver strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, made the morning commute even more congested than usual — here are the human-laden escalators in one subway station.

(Photo via REUTERS/Chico Ferreira)

Sao Paulo is home to some of the world's biggest traffic jams, and its subway stations are a bit overcrowded.

(Photo via REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

At peak times, New York City's Grand Central Terminal gets pretty crazy.

(Photo via REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

The morning commute in Chicago can grow seriously frigid in the heart of winter, as shown in this January photo.

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On April Fools Day in 2014, the trip to work for Google employees was interrupted by protestors who claimed that an influx of tech workers were driving up San Francisco housing prices.

(Photo via REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

Los Angeles motorists suffer from the worst traffic in the US, logging an average 90 hours a year behind the wheel.

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Mexico City has 20 million people and about four million cars — enough to make six-hour commutes common.

(Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)

A winter snowstorm brought afternoon traffic to a standstill in Calgary.

(Photo via REUTERS/Todd Korol)

Before an airport was built in the Chilean archipelago of Chiloé, people commuting to the mainland of Chile would need to take a four-hour drive plus a ferry.

(Photo by Walter Bibikow via Getty Images)

Subway commuters will often flood the platforms of Moscow, like the one pictured here.

(Photo via REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

In Brussels, a city that has some of the worst congestion in the world, drivers spend about 94 hours a year in traffic jams. Brussels has a spider web of highways that is impossible to evade, even for drivers just passing through the city.

(Photo via REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Every day, hundreds of thousands of people travel from Shenzhen, China to Hong Kong. The commute can involve hours of wasted time dealing with crowds, customs officials, and traffic.

(Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

And once they're in Hong Kong, protests can sometimes shut down roads, leading to horrendous jams.

(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Many Londoners trek across the London Bridge as part of their commute, especially if they work in the financial sector headquartered in the city.

(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

In the Netherlands, about 25% of all commutes are made by bicycle. This means that bike parking in Amsterdam gets pretty creative.

(Photo by Pilar Flores via Getty Images)

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