Vancouver drivers spent more than 30 hours in traffic last year (STUDY)

Feb 21 2017, 12:34 am

It’s no secret that traffic on Vancouver’s streets can feel overly crowded.

Now, commuters can take comfort (or find frustration) in the fact it’s not just their imagination.

A new report out of the US, conducted by traffic data company Inrix has ranked the city in 157th 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 1,064 cities across 38 countries.

More than 30 hours in traffic

Other results from the study found Vancouver commuters spent 30.4 hours stuck in congestion over the course of the year.

The 2016 ranking also shows that the situation is getting worse in the city; the 157th placement is a full 100 points ahead of the 2015 ranking of 257.

But the study also finds the city isn’t Canada’s worst for congestion. Not by a long shot. That honour goes to Montreal, which came in 27th place in the study. Toronto came in 53rd.

Globally, 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 more than 5 million miles of road.

The data used in their 2016 Global Scorecard is the congested/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.