November 6, 2013 1:45 pm

Vancouver has worst traffic congestion in North America: report

For the first time, Vancouver has surpassed Los Angeles as the city with the worst traffic congestion in North America.

Metro Vancouver residents are spending more time than ever in their cars, according to an annual survey by GPS software company TomTom.

Vancouver is followed by L.A., San Francisco, Honolulu and Seattle in the top five cities in North America with the worst traffic congestion.

Other Canadian cities on the list are Toronto at #7 and Montreal at #10.

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In the entire Americas, we are actually #3 – Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil are in the top spots.

The average Metro Vancouver resident with a 30 minute commute is wasting 93 hours per year stuck in delays. That’s the equivalent of 11.6 working days.

For every hour, about 41 minutes are wasted in traffic delays in Metro Vancouver.

Monday is one of the best days for traffic, with the lowest traffic congestion.

Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings are the worst peak periods of the week, according to TomTom.

There could be some relief on the way, and commuters have already seen some with the opening of the new Port Mann Bridge.

Part two of the South Fraser Perimeter Road is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The Evergreen rapid transit line to the Tri Cities should also help relieve some congestion.

TomTom says their data goes beyond people’s perceptions of congestion, by using data from the thousands of sensors in their GPS units in vehicles.

The company says the data shows that the way traffic is managed “needs to change.”

To read the entire report, click here.

TomTom Traffic Canada Infographic

© Shaw Media, 2013

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