Vancouver has been ranked as the most traffic congested city in Canada, according to the fifth annual Traffic Index released by global navigation system TomTom today.
The Index, which is the most accurate barometer of traffic congestion of over 200 cities around the world, looks at the true impact of rush hour traffic on the work week, finding that evening rush hour in Canada’s busiest cities nearly doubles the journey time for those commuting by car.
According to the study, commuters in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal lose an average of 84 hours per year in traffic, whereas the average across the country is around 79 hours.
In Canada, Vancouver and Calgary’s congestion levels have remained the same from 2013, however, rates have risen by a combined 11 per cent since last year’s Index in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton and Quebec.
“TomTom’s mission is to reduce traffic congestion for everyone,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom, Inc. “Road authorities and local governments can use TomTom’s traffic data to better manage traffic flow during the rush hour. We can help businesses plan smarter working hours to help their employees avoid travelling during rush hour. And we give drivers the real-time traffic information and smart routing they need to avoid congested roads and get there faster.”
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