If traffic on Montreal’s streets is feeling a bit tight these days, you can take comfort (or find frustration) in the fact that it’s not just your imagination.
A new report out of the US, conducted by traffic data company Inrix ranked the city in 27th place when it came to traffic congestion issues in 2016.
Montreal’s ranking might not sound too bad, until you learn that the study – the largest ever done on traffic congestion – included 1064 cities across 38 countries, making it the largest ever study of traffic congestion.
52 hours in traffic
Other results from the study found that Montreal commuters spent 52 hours stuck in congestion over the course of the year.
The 2016 ranking is also a significant increase over 2015, when Montreal found itself in 60th place in the study.
The city’s new ranking was the highest for a metropolitan centre in Canada.
By comparison, Toronto was the next most congested city in the country, but only hit 53rd place.
Vancouver was ranked 157th, while Calgary found itself much further down the list in 483rd place.
And nation-wide, Canada was ranked the 14th most congested country across the board.
To get their results Inrix analyzed 500 Terabytes of data from 300 million different sources covering over 5 million miles of road.
The data used in the 2016 Global Scorecard is the congested or uncongested status of every segment of road for every minute of the day, as used by millions of drivers around the world that rely on Inrix-based traffic services.