Vancouver second most traffic congested city in North America: Report

Traffic congestion in the Metro Vancouver area continues to be the second worst in North America after Los Angeles, according to a quarterly report by TomTom, a navigation and map supply company based in Amsterdam.

The congestion index of 26 cities in North America, released Thursday, also says Montreal and Toronto round out the Top 5 worst cities for congestion after San Francisco, in third place.

Vancouver has remained in second place since the last quarterly report was released in July. Ottawa, which was number 10 in July, was no longer in the Top 10.

To compile its list, TomTom monitored real travel time data captured by GPS equipment in customers’ vehicles between April and June to compare the percentage change between non-peak times and rush hour.

The company, which also prepares a separate index for Europe, says that data show journey times in Vancouver are 33 per cent longer during the busy times than in non-peak times.

New Yorkers, in comparison, only wait 25 per cent longer in peak traffic times than do Vancouverites. New York is number 8 on the list, followed by Chicago and Miami.

In Metro Vancouver, the waiting times are longest during evening rush hour, according to the index, with a 69 per cent longer wait during the commute home in the car.

Metro Vancouver’s congestion levels are worse on local and arterial roads than on highways, according to Nick Cohn, head of congestion research for TomTom.

Problem areas include roads leading to bridges such as the Knight Street, Oak and Lions Gate bridges, as well as downtown streets such as Georgia, Dunsmuir and Seymour.