For one in four Canadians, the two-way commute takes more than 90
minutes, and it's getting worse —Maclean's Andrew Coyne has a solution
TORONTO, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Traffic. Immobilizing, enervating, infuriating
traffic. Whether it's the Armdale Rotary in Halifax, the Autoroute
Décarie in Montreal, Toronto's "Don Valley Parking Lot" or B.C. Lower
Mainland's Port Mann bridge, Canadians are not imagining it: traffic is
Statistics Canada reports the average time spent commuting to and from
work nationwide increased from 54 minutes in 1992 to 63 minutes in
2005. In a year, that adds up to about 32 working days spent sitting in traffic. And that's the average. In Calgary, it's 66
minutes; in Vancouver, 67; in Toronto and Montreal, it's now up to
nearly 80 minutes a day. And statistically, that's among the worst
cities in the world.
The price is high for this congestion: wasted time, excess fuel
consumption, greenhouse gases and risks to personal health, among other
So what's the answer? Maclean's national editor Andrew Coyne examines strategies both here and abroad. What he suggests is a model
that is being tested in various cities around the globe, with promising
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