The average number of hours Toronto drivers spend in traffic every year

Feb 27 2018, 5:26 am

If traffic on Toronto’s streets seems slow 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 49th place when it came to traffic congestion across the globe in 2017.

That might not sound too bad, until you learn that the study – the largest ever conducted on the subject of traffic congestion – included 1036 cities across 38 countries, making it the largest ever study of traffic congestion.

47 hours in traffic

Results from the study found that Toronto commuters spent 47 hours stuck in congestion over the course of the year.

The 2017 ranking also shows that the situation is getting worse in the city.

However, it turns out that Toronto isn’t the worst city for traffic congestion in Canada. That honour goes to Montreal, which came in 38th place in the study, spending 50 hours in traffic.

By comparison, Vancouver was ranked  203rd, while Calgary found itself much further down the list in 596th place.

And nation-wide, Canada was ranked the 15th 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 2017 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.

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