October 12, 2012
Vancouver has worst traffic in Canada: Report
By QMI Agency
Vancouver has Canada's worst traffic congestion, a new report suggests.
The TomTom North American Congestion report found Vancouver to be the worst in the country and the second worst in North America, lagging only behind Los Angeles in time spent sitting idle on the highway.
The average delay in Vancouver peak-hour traffic is about 37 minutes/hour. The city's overall congestion level is 33% - TomTom's calculation of the increase in travel time during non-congested periods and peak hours. L.A.'s congestion level is 34%. In comparison, the overall North American congestion was 21%.
Two other Canadian cities also made the top five list. After Vancouver, the worst North American cities for traffic congestion are San Francisco (29%), Montreal (28%) and Toronto (27%). However, the study found evening rush hours in Montreal and Toronto are worse than those in Vancouver.
Ottawa came in at 12th place in North America with 22% congestion, Calgary at 16th with 20% and Edmonton at 25th with 14%.
Edmonton and Ottawa were the most improved, according to the study. Of all North American cities, their congestion rate decreased the most dramatically from the previous 2011 study.
TomTom manufactures auto-navigation products and services, and uses data GPS equipment to study traffic flow.