The Commuter

Indian commute

Who in the world has the toughest daily commute? We look at how people across the globe travel to work.


Moving eight million commuters around the capital, Tokyo, on a daily basis, Japan dwarfs those of other cities. Packed trains literally mean that passengers are crushed into carriages. Despite the trains being on time and clean, would you trade that for having no personal space whatsoever?


With the second largest rail network in the world, India moves a whopping 23 million passengers a day! However many of these passengers hang onto the side of the trains.


Beijing is the most expensive city in the world for rental, forcing workers to live on the outskirts of the city where prices are more affordable. Like Tokyo, this means that the daily commute is a popular task for many white collar workers. The average travel time is 52 minutes, however hundreds of thousands of workers spend on average six hours commuting to and from Beijing each day!

The average American is traveling 26 minutes to their jobs—the longest commute time since the Census started tracking it in 1980, up 20 percent. Commutes longer than 45 minutes are up 12 percent in that time span, and 90-minute one-way commutes are 64 percent more common than in 1990.

The longer your commute, the less time you have for family, friends, exercise and nutrition—and it’s awful for your mental state. A study of more than 34,000 U.K. workers found that people with long commutes are 33 percent more likely to suffer from depression; 12 percent more likely to report work-related stress; 21 percent more likely to be obese; and 46 percent get less than seven hours of sleep each night.

What improvements could be made to the daily commute?

Faced with these long commutes, what changes could be made to improve the passenger experience and pass the time. 

  • Continuous, uninterrupted wi-fi coverage on a secure local network that performs even when moving at speed or in rural areas.
  • On-board information and communication streamed directly to mobile devices.
  • Automatic payment options from mobile devices, smart ticketing and live connections with other transport networks and services.
  • Luggage monitoring solutions for long journeys, customers want peace of mind and comfort in knowing where their items are.
  • Seat reservation direct to a smart phone enabling passengers to choose the exact seat they want before they even step on the train.
  • In seat ordering allowing passengers to order food and refreshments from the catering carriage which is then delivered to their seat.

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