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Vancouver is the most congested city in Canada: study

DH Vancouver Staff Jun 03, 2014 8:16 am

TomTom released its 2013 Traffic Index and for the 2013 tracking period, and with 35 per cent Vancouver ranked first as the most congested city in Canada.

Within Vancouver, according to the index, the average commuter who takes a 30 minute commute experiences 87 hours of delay time every year.

Looking at weekly congestion patterns, the report found that Friday mornings and Monday evenings are the best peak periods of the week (least congested) and that Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings are the worst (most congested) for Vancouver commuters.

In comparison, congestion in Vancouver has increased three per cent from last study year: the 2012 Traffic Index had reported Vancouver congestion at 32 per cent.

The TomTom Traffic Index found that Canadian cities congestion levels were:

  1. Vancouver (35 per cent)
  2. Toronto (27 per cent)
  3. Ottawa (26 per cent)
  4. Montreal (26 per cent)
  5. Calgary (22 per cent)
  6. Quebec (22 per cent)
  7. Edmonton (20 per cent)

The study also looked at American cities, and it found that Vancouver is just shy of Los Angeles which has a congestion level of 36 per cent. Rio De Janeiro, Mexico City and Sao Paulo lead with the most congestion, followed by Los Angeles and Vancouver.

On the other hand, some have dismissed these results.


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