CAA Study Iden­ti­fies Canada’s Worst Traf­fic Bot­tle­necks

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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.

How Does Your City Rank?

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.

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