Commute times for Torontonians are longest in Ontario

A new report found Toronto drivers spend 27 hours in their car over a typical work year

A new report on the nightmare of getting to and from work in the Greater Toronto Area is being released Tuesday.

It was done for the Ontario Trillium Foundation by the University of Waterloo.

In a nutshell, the author of the report Bryan Smale says, "You may be travelling the same distance (on your commute) but it's taking you more time". It roughly 6.4-minutes more on average each day, or 27 hours over a typical work year.

Overall commute times have increased an average of 12 percent between 1994 and 2010.

As expected Toronto residents have the longest commutes in the province. On average they spend 65.6 minutes in their cars. Oshawa came in second at 63.6 minutes, and Barrie is third at 59.2 minutes.

Commute times in Ontario average at about 47 minutes, which is faster than those of commuters in Montreal and Vancouver. Both cities have averages in the low sixties.

These numbers did not factor in the new construction on the Gardiner Expressway which began Monday. Some of those closures will be in effect until December 2016.

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  1. Mark posted on 04/29/2014 07:09 AM
    This is a provincial issue and another waste of 10 years under the liberals who have done NOTHING to improve infrastructure in the GTA. Since 2008 even the Federal Economic Action Plan has improved and resurfaced highways across the country yet this province can't even improve a few roads in their vote rich Toronto area stronghold.

    Why, because liberals don't care about the stupid random idiots who vote for them. Their only obsession is to pay off powerful unions and piggy teachers in turn for support at the polls.

    Think about it. The corrupt, incompetence, wasteful liberals have done nothing right in the last ten years except waste money. Their only accomplishment was to line the pockets of pig faced teachers with unsustainable contracts and pensions that will be a permanent historic burden for Ontario.
    1. Frankie posted on 04/29/2014 09:33 AM
      @Mark Agreed. It's also a municipal issue. There's been minimal subway work last 30 years which is completely irresponsible.

      You have wasted St. Clair right-of-way $ 100 Million plus which would have been better spent towards subway, all because a city council hates cars. Anyone with minimal intelligence understands we need to maximize roadway usage vs having 2 almost empty lanes in non-rush hour while the cars are in terrible traffic.

      24/7 HOV lanes are another stupid idea. Again, we have limited roadways so limit HOV to busiest times of day.

      Politicians generally only care about the next election vs the long-term health of our city and province.

      Ultimately it's the fault of voters who keep electing them.
  2. don was right posted on 04/29/2014 10:39 AM
    It is not Torontonians, generally, who are stuck on the Gardiner or the 404 or even most of the 401. These are Mississaugians, hamiltonians, Oakvillens, Pckeringintes, Auroroarians, none of whom pay a dime of taxes to the city fo Toronto that gets stuck with the costs of fixing these roads. Either put the cost of these roads back on the province, or put tolls on them to charge tose who want to work in Toronto but are too cheap to live and pay taxes here. And while we are at it, send the homeless back to thoer resapective originat8ng communities so that hamilton etc can pay for them as well rather than foistuing them on Toronto.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/29/2014 10:49 AM
      @don was right Going to argue one of your points. ALL people in Ontario, even people in Wawa, pay taxes.. some of which is given to Toronto.

      It's actually quite funny.. Torontonians complaining about people who don't live in Toronto who don't pay tax in Toronto, and people who don't live in Toronto complaining about their tax money going to Toronto.
  3. Rick posted on 04/29/2014 10:47 AM
    This is hardly a surprise. There's always road work going on, and the road crews all follow the CUPE-Approved "One man working, five men watching" formula to maximize overtime. I'd be shocked if that DIDN'T send everyone's commute times straight to hell.
  4. Karl Burgin posted on 04/29/2014 10:48 AM
    I live in Brampton, but know that Mayor Ford will solve this problem. More tax cuts, less services, fewer roads, but he'll build subways!


    God Bless Toronto and it's Mayor!
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/29/2014 10:51 AM
      @Karl Burgin Hi Donny P. How's the weather out where you are?
  5. Ernie posted on 04/29/2014 11:17 AM
    So if an average commute in Toronto is 65.6 minutes by car, it would be interesting to know what the average commute time is for those taking public transit. Including Go train, Go busses, subways, streetcars and busses.

    I am willing to bet that its not a lot faster.
    1. #AnythingButChow posted on 04/29/2014 12:08 PM
      @Ernie The subway commute is a lot longer when Chow supporters start hitting the Passenger Assistance Alarm during rush hour, apparently operating on the train of thought that "Rob Ford likes subways -> Subways must be bad -> I will make everyone hate subways."
    2. Frankie posted on 04/29/2014 12:09 PM
      @Ernie You've touched on a very important point. Frequency as well as route availability are most of the problem. When public transit takes longer than cars it's reasonable for people to take cars. The answer isn't the negative approach of the Millerites - eliminate traffic light synchronization, increasing inconvenience for cars, etc., it's to improve public transit to attract more riders.

      I don't know about major cities in other countries but I keep hearing that they have much greater government funding. We could certainly reduce public transit costs by reining in waste along with increased government contribution.
  6. don was right posted on 04/29/2014 01:31 PM
    When that old twit Hazel was at CRFB last week or so touting transit, did she take a bus from Mississauga city hall to the clarkson GO station, wait for a train, take the subway up Yonge street, spew her nonsense, and then take the subway, train and bus all teh way back? 5 hours travel for a 15 minute meeting? I thought not. So the transit proponents shoudl just STFU and buy a car. Just not a KIA.
  7. john posted on 05/08/2014 01:43 PM
    i can see it now . some a guy sitting in his car in the DVP hearing this on the news saying . NO SHIT .
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