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Transport in Mexico City, the worst in the world
Mexico City's metro - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Transport in Mexico City, the worst in the world

07/01/2019
16:19
Aura Ramírez Cornejo
Mexico City
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Numbers from Pemex show that the price of fuel per liter in 2012, at the beginning of Peña Nieto's administration, was MXN $11.37 but now it costs MXN $20.71

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In regards to public transport, on average, Mexicans spend 90 minutes in Mexico City's metro and buses. This places the city in the first place where citizens spend the majority of their time trapped in transport, only after Sao Paulo and Bogotá, according to Moovit's Global Usage of Public Transport Report.

In regards to drivers, 53 out of 100 drivers in Mexico City have at least one vehicle and in 68% of cases, the driver is unaccompanied, according to the Inegi.

On average, a Mexican spends 17% of their salary on transport: bus fees, metro tickets, and car maintenance. Meanwhile, they only spend 2.7% of their salary on their health.

Besides the long journeys, Mexican families face other issues: the increase in fuel prices; therefore, purchasing fuel has become an issue for low-income Mexicans.

According to the OECD, an average Mexican has to invest 25% of their daily wage to purchase 10 liters of gas, which is around MXN $200 per day, compared to people in the U.S., who only spend 2% of their daily wage on the same amount of gas. Also, from all the countries that are part of the OECD, Mexico is the country with the highest fuel prices.

And the panorama doesn't look very promising, as fuel has increased over MXN $10 in the last 10 years. Numbers from Pemex show that the price of fuel per liter in 2012, at the beginning of Peña Nieto's administration, was MXN $11.37 but now it costs MXN $20.71.

Therefore, the time spent trapped in traffic, the increase in fuel prices and the low wages were the reasons why the app Waze Driver released a study, where it considered the experiences of millions of drivers in 38 cities in the world.

Mexico City was given a 1.2 review, which means drivers said their experience was “miserable” and the result placed Mexico on the 4th place on the list of the world's worst cities to transit, only after Manila, Jakarta, and Bogotá.

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