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The latest ranking of world cities as commuter havens or hellscapes was compiled by a UK-based research firm called Expert Market. They looked at 74 cities in 16 countries around the world with populations of at least 300,000 people to find the places that make it easy (or not) to get around on a daily basis by car or public transit. And their findings put poor Toronto near the bottom of the list at number 69 out of 76.
Using the INRIX 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard and the Moovit Public Transport Index, Expert Market concluded that Torontonians spend an average of 96 minutes commuting every day and 47 hours in traffic congestion over a year’s worth of 240 working days.
Toronto is in good company at the bottom of the list. Also in the worst 10 are London, England; Miami, Florida; Istanbul, Turkey; Cali and Bogota, Colombia; and five cities in Brazil: Curitiba, Brasilia, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
No North American cities made the top 10, which consisted of the French municipalities of Nice, Toulouse, Lyon and Strasbourg; Catania, Bari and Bologna e Romagna in Italy; Cuenca, Ecuador; Bilbao, Spain; and Leicester, UK.
The top-ranked Canadian centre is Vancouver, at number 33 on the list, while Ottawa placed 38th and Montreal made 46th position.
We like publishing stories about traffic and commuting studies because they all present different ideas about what makes a city easy (or not) to get around in. Last year, German research deemed Calgary the best driving city in Canada, while earlier in 2017, Inrix called Montreal Canada’s most congested conurbation.