If you have driven any highway in the Greater Toronto Area, specifically the 401, the findings of the latest CAA study should not come as much of a surprise.
Provincial and municipal traffic volume numbers were analysed, along with GPS data, and it was determined a portion of Highway 401 running through central Toronto is the 9th most clogged artery in Canada and the U.S. That stretch alone costs commuters over 3 million hours of annual delays.
In fact, roads in Toronto claimed half the spots in the top 10.
The CAA says Grinding To A Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks found gridlock collectively costs drivers over 11.5 million hours and drain an extra 22 millions litres of fuel annually.
“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%. 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.” – Jeff Walker, vice-president of Public Affairs for CAA National.
To read the full CAA report, click here.