TomTom Traffic Index showcases the best and worst cities for traffic in Canada

Vancouver remains the "most congested city" in Canada, Toronto ranked as second most congested city in the nation

TORONTO, June 3, 2014 /CNW/ - TomTom (TOM2), a global leader in traffic, today published its fourth annual global traffic index. The results revealed that the traffic shortcuts drivers take to avoid congestion are actually 'long cuts', adding 50 per cent more travel time to journeys. In Canada's most congested city - Vancouver - the average person experiences 87 hours of delay time a year, based on a 30 minute commute daily.

TomTom's traffic data showed that traffic congestion on secondary roads is worse than main roads, and commuters around the world are spending an average of eight working days a year stuck in traffic. This is creating a new set of challenges for local authorities looking for solutions to the increasing traffic problem.

"Traffic congestion is nothing new, and continues to be a global challenge. The traditional responses to congestion, such as building new roads or widening existing ones are no longer proving to be effective. Real time traffic information can help drivers find the quickest shortcut on their journey, and assist governments to make smarter decisions to improve traffic flow for their cities," said Harold Goddijn, CEO of TomTom.

The Traffic Index is the only global measurement of traffic congestion comparing travel times during non-congested hours with travel times in peak hours experienced by passenger vehicles. The Index takes into account both local roads and highways. The top seven most congested cities in Canada ranked by overall Congestion level in 2013 were:

  1. Vancouver
  2. Toronto
  3. Ottawa
  4. Montreal
  5. Calgary
  6. Quebec
  7. Edmonton

Notes to the Editor:
Separate European, North American, Australia/New Zealand and South Africa Traffic Index reports are available.

To download the Traffic Index reports, go to www.tomtom.com/trafficindex

About TomTom
TomTom (TOM2) empowers movement.  Every day millions of people around the world depend on TomTom to make smarter decisions. We design and develop innovative products that make it easy for people to keep moving towards their goals. Best known for being a global leader in navigation and mapping products, TomTom also creates GPS Sport Watches, as well as state-of-the-art fleet management solutions and industry leading location based products.

Our business consists of four customer facing business units: Consumer, Automotive, Licensing and Telematics.

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we have 3,600 employees worldwide and sell our products in over 35 countries.

Image with caption: "TomTom Traffic Index Infographic (CNW Group/TomTom)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140603_C7765_PHOTO_EN_40939.jpg

SOURCE: TomTom

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Cem Cohen 
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Meaghan Beech
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Meaghan.Beech@hkstrategies.ca

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