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Toronto ranked 9th most congested city in the Americas

Posted by Derek Flack / June 4, 2014

Toronto trafficToronto has been ranked the ninth worst city in the Americas for traffic congestion and the second worst in Canada, trailing Vancouver for the dubious distinction. The new rankings, courtesy of Dutch navigation company Tom Tom, includes an evaluation of 63 cities across North and South America, which means our ninth place spot isn't exactly something to pat ourselves on the back over. Even as Toronto tends to well on public transportation and quality of life rankings, congestion is a legitimate and frustrating problem facing the city.

According to the report, a commuter facing a 30 minute daily drive will experience 83 hours of delay time during the course of a year. Just think of all the life-enriching and fun things you could do with those hours given back. The traffic analysis also questions whether or not Toronto drivers really have any ability to capitalize on short cuts, noting that use of these so-called routes can lead to 50 per cent longer travel times. And here I thought I was a hero for knowing so many alternate ways to get to places.

The worst five cities on the list were Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, San Paulo, Los Angeles and Vancouver with congest levels ranking from 55 to 35 per cent, respectively. Toronto comes in at 27 per cent. For context, a city like Buffalo was scored at 14 per cent. You can read the whole report here, presumably while you sit in traffic.

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Simon Tarses / June 4, 2014 at 09:16 am
Cue all of the idiots, moaners whiners, and bitchers coming in to crow and say 'Yeah' because all that they can do is hate on Toronto while commenting at Blog TO in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....
steve replying to a comment from Simon Tarses / June 4, 2014 at 09:31 am
Don't forget the ones that will blame street cars, and cyclists.
SafeHands / June 4, 2014 at 09:44 am
But it's Kathleen Wynnes Ontario, the rest of us just live here. She should answer for this.
answer replying to a comment from SafeHands / June 4, 2014 at 09:49 am
-article was about cities not provinces or states
-current premier has been in office for less than a year and ontario is approaching an election
-congestion isn't a problem that has arisen in the past year it has been growing for decades

what is the point behind your veiled displeasure of our current premier

thanks for coming out
Safe Hands replying to a comment from answer / June 4, 2014 at 10:03 am
SCHOOLED - the city of Toronto is IN the province of ONTARIO.

Kathleen Wynne announced a $29-billion transit plan for Ontario which includes $15-billion to build public transit in the Toronto area.

This has everything to do with Kathleen Wynne. Are you saying she has no effect on Toronto's congestion. His her transit promise just a lie then? If she has no impact why is she promising?
iSkyscraper / June 4, 2014 at 10:36 am
Anecdotally, sounds about right.

And please, trolls go home. This sort of thing develops over decades, and Wynne has nothing to do with it. For that matter, neither does Ford. (His impact will be felt years from now when the billions wasted on fantasy subways and the lost infrastructure of Transit City has its full impact).

Toronto is a medium-age, growing city with a Manhattan-surrounded-by-Atlanta geography and personality. Reports like this reflect this.

Boogie / June 4, 2014 at 11:02 am
this report must have been published BEFORE they closed 1 lane each way on the gardiner for the next 4 years, and then started construction on lakeshore. Otherwise we would have probably made it into the top 5.
+ car sales / June 4, 2014 at 11:12 am
Meanwhile Car Sales are at a record high! Who knew?

Last month was the best May on record in terms of Canadian light vehicle sales, which were up 5.7 per cent overall to 195,571 cars and light trucks, according to DesRosiers Automotive Reports.
LOL replying to a comment from Safe Hands / June 4, 2014 at 11:14 am
Give it a rest.
The Real World / June 4, 2014 at 11:52 am
If you think Toronto is congested, you should try about 30 other cities in the world. Your hair would stand on end. Thought I would get that in before the rush of:"I've lived in 20 cities around the world, and never have I experienced congestion like this Non World Class City blahblahblahblahblah" ad nauseum by people who have lived in exactly two locations all their lives, both in Canada.
Doh! / June 4, 2014 at 11:58 am
i thought it was all just parking
Marc replying to a comment from The Real World / June 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm
or visited other cities, but only toured the cores...where they could never afford to live.
The Real World / June 4, 2014 at 01:04 pm
^^ Or visited a few cities ages ago, and walked around the tourist section without the slightest idea of what traffic was like outside of the city center. But they are the same people who seem convinced that everything here is inferior because they went on holiday somewhere else in the past. The desire to be in last place is strong here.
eduardodorio replying to a comment from Safe Hands / June 4, 2014 at 01:38 pm
Traffic has been congested in Toronto since long before Kathleen Wynne. I find it hilarious that you put all the blame for that solely on a premier who has been in her position for about 1 year. You're opinion is laughable!!!
Safe Hands replying to a comment from eduardodorio / June 4, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Not blaming her at all. She's not responsible. While you tend to look in the past and present state, I look to the future. Kathleen has a plan, and has promised the dollars. Get it done!
Todd Toronto / June 4, 2014 at 01:55 pm
I blame whoever wins the Trinity-Spadina by-election. It's all that person's fault (retroactive to 1954).
For Real though replying to a comment from Safe Hands / June 4, 2014 at 02:07 pm
Isn't that the problem with most governments these days though.

They are usually there from 1-4 years but not responsible for the doings of previous governments and also won't be around long enough to implement any of there own ideas.
mike in parkdale / June 4, 2014 at 03:50 pm
Traffic is definitely getting worse every year. There's no question about that - none of the bandaid solutions have done anything to really fix things.

Mark my words - this will be the summer of the bike because everyone who can commute by bike will start doing it.
Yep / June 4, 2014 at 04:42 pm
eduardodoo, answer;

The provincial Liberals have been in power how long? Their Liberal counterparts have been on city council for how long? We all know whose fault this is. Lets not be coy about it. Wynne will be an extension of the Liberal same old, same old.

Time for a change. All the spending they've been doing and what have we to show for it? Some pretty decent TTC, new park benches, garbage bins, run down housing, run down librairies, minimal daycare, lots of over-priced real estate, Bixi (what do they call it now?), and hardly any bike lanes.

Liberal voters are so gullible.
James replying to a comment from Yep / June 4, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Agreed. Everyones talking about the problem, the problem, the problem, didn't happen over night yadda yadda yadda.

What about some solutions? You can't say a parties been in power for 4 years and this happened before them so its not their problem WHEN it's their job to come up with solutions, progress, moving things forward. We're hearing this now because there's an election happening, what happened to the last 4 years?
John / June 4, 2014 at 06:38 pm
Why is this surprising? TO is the 5th largest city in North America, so it's oddly impressive we're not even worse on this list.
linden / June 4, 2014 at 08:04 pm
sometimes is a matter of a personal choice; one knows the consequences of choosing the place they live and the fact that long driving is required with no plan B as an option. We can't have it all
Yep / June 5, 2014 at 09:45 am
Of course we can linden. We just need some decent business people, with some legal savy, a good heart, and common sense to run for political positions throughout Ontario. Any takers?

Anyone ever wish we could form a new party? I do.
Yonge at Heart / June 5, 2014 at 10:48 am
Yonge Street would be a lot less congested if the police would start ticketing the many vehicles that use it as a parking space to wait for their loved ones to do a bit of shopping. This effectively reduces Yonge Street to two lanes during busy times. May as well just turn Yonge into a two lane street and widen the sidewalks.
Duckie / June 5, 2014 at 09:20 pm
No worries y'all. Take it ease. Olivia Chow is going to increase bus service by 10%. Problem solved.
bob / July 7, 2014 at 02:10 pm
As a Londoner living in Toronto for the past five years I think the congestion here is not as bad as you guys like to make out. You really have no idea what a gridlocked city actually is. i
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