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
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:
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
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