CAA Study Identifies Canada’s Worst Traffic Bottlenecks
Canada’s top 20 most congested traffic bottlenecks may cover just 65 kilometres, but they collectively cost drivers over 11.5 million hours and drain an extra 22 million litres of fuel per year. These are two findings of Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks, a first of its kind study released by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
“Traffic congestion is a major source of stress for Canadians. Our study concludes that traffic bottlenecks affect Canadians in every major urban market, increasing commute times by as much as 50%,” said Jeff Walker, vice-president of Public Affairs for CAA National. “Reducing these bottlenecks will increase the quality of life for millions of Canadians, save millions in fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gases, helping contribute to Canada’s climate change commitments.”
Studies show that bottlenecks are the single biggest contributor to road delay, far outpacing traffic accidents, inclement weather and construction. Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks provides data based evidence for decision-makers at the federal, provincial and municipal level to use when making decisions on infrastructure investment and environment policy. It includes the cost to Canadians of these bottlenecks in terms of lost time, productivity and added greenhouse gas emissions.
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Toronto placed 10 bottlenecks in the top 20. Montreal placed five, Vancouver placed four and Quebec City placed one. Other markets such as Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Ottawa and Halifax also experience serious traffic delays. Highlights include:
• Canada’s worst highway bottleneck is the stretch of Highway 401 that cuts across the north part of the City of Toronto. This bottleneck alone costs commuters over 3 million hours of annual delays. In total, five of the top ten bottlenecks are found in the Toronto area.
• The stretch of Highway 40 into downtown Montreal is the third worst bottleneck in the country, costing commuters nearly 2 million hours of annual delays.
• Compared with US bottlenecks using a similar methodology, Toronto and Montreal bottlenecks rank among the worst in North America.
• Although the City of Vancouver does not have non-signalized highways serving the downtown core, stretches of two main arteries (Granville St. and West Georgia St.) are congested enough to fall within the top ten bottlenecks - and produce the slowest driving speeds in the country.
Canada’s 20 worst bottlenecks are as below :
1 Toronto: Hwy 401 between Hwy 427 & Yonge St
2 Toronto: DVP/404 between Don Mills Rd & Finch Ave
3 Montreal: Hwy 40 between Blvd PIE-IX and Hwy 520
4 Toronto: Gardiner Expy between S Kingsway & Bay St
5 Montreal: Hwy 15 between Hwy 40 & Chemin de la Côte-saint-Luc
6 Toronto: Hwy 401 between Bayview Ave & Don Mills Rd
7 Toronto: Hwy 409 between Hwy 401 and Kipling Ave
8 Montreal: Hwy 25 between Ave Souligny & Rue Beaubien E
9 Vancouver: Granville St at SW Marine Dr
10 Vancouver: W Georgia St between Seymour St & W Pender St
11 Toronto: Hwy 401 between DVP & Victoria Park Ave
12 Toronto: Black Creek Dr between Weston Rd & Tretheway Dr
13 Toronto: Hwy 401 between Mavis Rd & Mclaughlin Rd
14 Montreal: Hwy 40 between Hwy 520 & Blvd Cavendish
15 Vancouver: Granville St between W Broadway St & W 16th Ave
16 Montreal: Hwy 20 near 1re Avenue
17 Quebec City: Hwy 73 between Chemin des Quatre Bourgeois & Exit to Ave Dalquier
18 Toronto: Hwy 401 interchange at Hwy 427
19 Toronto: Hwy 400 at Hwy 401
20 Vancouver: George Massey Tunnel on Hwy 99.