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Morning traffic heading north on Yonge St. near King St. in downtown Toronto on August 24, 2012. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)
Morning traffic heading north on Yonge St. near King St. in downtown Toronto on August 24, 2012. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

Traffic Congestion

The list: These three cities have the worst traffic in Canada Add to ...

Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are three of the 10 worst cities for traffic congestion in North America, according to a new study.

Surprised? No, neither are we.

GPS manufacturer TomTom announced the results of its annual Congestion Index on April 4 and Vancouver was No. 2, behind only Los Angeles. Toronto ranked sixth-worst and Montreal, 10th. However, before all you Montrealers get smug about your relatively tame congestion, the study noted that “Montreal’s evening peak is the third worst across North America, with an average 71 per cent longer commute than when traffic in the city is flowing free.”

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In short, your daily drive sucks, too.

Other Canadian cities to make the 59-city North American list were Ottawa at 18, Calgary at 26, and Edmonton in 34th place.

Drivers here can take solace in the small mercy that no Canadian cities made the overall top 10 list for traffic of the 161 cities measured worldwide. That dubious distinction went to Moscow, Russia, the runaway leader in commuting crawls.

Nasty North America

1. Los Angeles

2. Vancouver

3. Honolulu

4. San Francisco

5. Seattle

6. Toronto

7. San Jose

8. Washington

9. New Orleans

10. Montreal

 

Worldwide worst

1. Moscow

2. Istanbul

3. Warsaw

4. Marseille

5. Palermo

6. Los Angeles

7. Sydney

8. Stuttgart

9. Paris

10. Rome

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