Toronto drivers spend 52 hours a year in traffic (STUDY)

Feb 20 2017, 10:35 pm

If traffic on Toronto’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 has ranked the city in 53rd place when it came to traffic congestion across the globe in 2016.

That might not sound too bad, until you learn that the study – the largest ever conducted on the subject of 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 Toronto commuters spent 52 hours stuck in congestion over the course of the year.

The 2016 ranking also shows that the situation is getting worse in the city. When the same study was conducted in 2015, Toronto took the 84th spot.

However it turns out that Toronto isn’t the worst city for traffic congestion in Canada. That honour goes to Montreal, which came in 27th place in the study.

By comparison, 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.