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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
At the heart of every city is a detailed and exhaustive transportation system that gets people living within and outside of the city to work everyday. Without that, most cities would cease to function as they’re supposed to.
To understand true gridlock—and a huge challenge for China’s leaders as they try to move residents from the countryside into cities—take a look at Wuhan.
This inland Chinese city of more than eight million people, famous for its hot weather and spicy noodles, has a traffic problem. A 2011 study by investment bank UBS shows cars chug through the city at an average of 12.7 miles an hour, slower than in New York and Tokyo.