July 2nd, 2010
12:23 PM ET

How to beat Moscow traffic: Buy a helicopter

Moscow's regional governor, Boris Gromov, has suggested commuters turn to helicopters.

Moscow’s regional governor offered an unusual - and blithe - solution on Friday to the Russian capital’s massive traffic jams: get a helicopter.

“I travel in a helicopter,” Boris Gromov told journalists, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. “You should also buy helicopters instead of cars - then you will not need roads.”

He’s not the only one flying. About 400 Moscow region residents own helicopters, Gromov said.

Repair work has caused unprecedented holdups on the Leningradskoye Highway, one of the main traffic arteries to the northwest of Moscow.

The jams are so bad that about 1,500 people miss their flights from Sheremetyevo International Airport every day, according to RIA Novosti. And it’s not just commuters who are complaining. Russia’s state-run air carrier Aeroflot said it is losing an average of 400,000 euros per day over the traffic jams on the Leningradskoye Highway, the company’s deputy director-general, Andrei Kalmykov, told the Itar-Tass news agency Thursday.

Muscovite motorists reported an average delay of 2.5 hours describing their worst traffic jams of the last three years, IBM said in its first global “commuter pain” study released Thursday.

Russia’s transport head on Thursday said the jams are here to stay. "I am sure that - fortunately or unfortunately - traffic jams in Moscow will not disappear because they are a result of Moscow's activity," Vasily Kichedzhi, head of the transportation and communication department, told RIA Novosti.

Then again, Gormov’s solution might not be that unreasonable.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration cleared a flying car for takeoff this week. The agency gave the Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm Terrafugia, a weight exemption, paving the way for mass production.

What’s your worst traffic jam ever, and what do you do to beat these tie-ups? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. anon

    Well, at least the U.S. and Russia have this thing in common: Our leaders are hilariously out of touch with the plight of the working class.

    July 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    "Buy a helicopter" is like the response "let them eat cake" supposedly spoken by a French princess upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Unfortunately, we all need pain in our lives in order to me motivated to change our ways. The Russians need a lot more pain than usual to overcome their Government's lack of common sense.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |