Naturally, I could not leave it at that, so I dug around for more information. An average of seven million commuters used the local trains every day last year, so we can assume that a third of the population uses the trains. The population of the catchment area of the railway station nearest mmy house is (hold your breath) 4 million people. Which means that if you apply the city-wise average to the suburb I live in, almost 1.5 million use the railway station every day.
The suburb I live in is divided into two parts- the predominantly residential area to the West, and the industrial areas to the East. Assuming an equitable division of the population on either side, 750,000 people from the western part of the suburb walk through the railway station every day (it figure is more likely to be 1 million, but we'll go with the lower figure for now). Three arterial roads lead to the station, of which two have been blocked off so an alternate railway network can be laid. All the traffic has been diverted to the road on which our apartment is situated, so more people pass under my bedroom window everyday than the entire population of Wyoming!
Bedlam is too mild a word to describe the state of traffic, specially since there are neither traffic lights, not traffic policemen to regulate traffic. And that is what we have been living with for the past five months, and would be doing for the rest of the year.
But, that's not the end of the story. Last week, the road was dug up to lay telecom cables, and the rubble was piled up on either side of the trench, reducing the width of the road by half. Pedestrians like me neither had a pavement to walk on, not space on the road to walk. A deep trench on one side, vehicles on the other.
Luckily, the trenches were filled up in just over a week, and we got the road back- the same road that hosts a population equivalent to that of the tenth largest state in the United States.
I know the city needs basic infrastructure, and telecom is as important as mass transportation. But, would it kill people to time their work better?