Vancouver has been ranked the most congested city in North America for the second quarter of 2013 by TomTom’s Traffic Index which compares travel times during non-congested hours with travel times in peak hours. This leap in the charts puts Vancouver (36%) on top of Los Angeles (35%) for the first time.
In Vancouver this means that the average journey time is 36% longer when than when traffic is flowing freely.
Most Congested City in North America
1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Los Angeles, USA
3. San Francisco, USA
4. Honolulu, USA
5. Seattle, USA
6. San Jose, USA
7. Toronto, Canada
8. Washington, USA
9. New York, USA
10. Montreal, Canada
Last month, News 1130 did a commuter challenge where three people started out from a point in Vancouver – by car, bus, and bike – and tried to reach a common end point during the morning rush. The cyclist arrived first followed by the vehicle and then the transit rider. However this brought up another issue, is cycling a realistic commuting option from the suburbs? News 1130 spoke with Dianne Murray of North Vancouver, who told them her 70-minute cycling trip from Upper Lonsdale to Oak Street and 37th Avenue in Vancouver can be a challenge, but it’s worth the sacrifice.
TomTom estimates that eight work days (64 hours) are lost worldwide to traffic congestion. Canadian cities have a maximum average loss of 11.6 work days (93 hours) based on Vancouver.
A few additional Vancouver facts and figures from the TomTom’s Traffic Index [source: Press Release].
- Delay per year for a commuter with a 30 minute commute: 93 hours (or 11.6 working days)
- Delay per hour driven in peak period: 41 minutes
- Monday continues to be the best traffic days with lowest congestion figures
- Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings are the worst peak periods of the week
- June 20, 2013 was the most congested day in Q2 for Vancouver
Have you found that your commute has become longer in the last few months? If so, will you be making any changes?