Study finds gridlock limits Toronto's potential

Toronto ranks 4th in Price Waterhouse Coopers' annual 'City of Opportunities' report

As Toronto commuters grapple with major construction projects on the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, as well as the start of the summer road work season, a new report shows traffic congestion is making the city less appealing to live in.

A new report has knocked Toronto down one spot in the global rankings of the best places to live and work and it is mostly due to the city's problems with gridlock.

Toronto is still 4th in the annual 'City of Opportunities' study from consulting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Toronto ranks behind London, New York, and Singapore; down from third spot in last year's report.

The report also suggests a lack of downtown access to Pearson Airport as a factor that brings Toronto down -- although a rail link from Union Station to Pearson is expected to open next summer.

Toronto also got low marks for what's called 'overall technology readiness,' defined as internet access in schools, software development, and digital economy.

The report says that is negatively affecting the city's growth and ability to attract foreign investment and business.

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  1. Frankie posted on 05/22/2014 08:46 AM
    How much money was wasted on the obvious?

    We can thank the likes of David Miller and his merry band of socialists for being so anti-car. These councillors have never seen a business they couldn't find a way to destroy.

    Too bad they're too stupid to understand that without business there are no jobs, no income, etc.

    We can also blame councils going back over 30 years for not spending on subways.
    1. Sonny posted on 05/22/2014 09:41 AM
      @Frankie ask PWC. the situation got worse under Ford's watch not to mention the Federal Cons are not interested in a National strategy as infrastructure project funding falls next year so the Cons can say they balanced the budget in time for the Election after running deficits since 2008
    2. Frankie posted on 05/22/2014 10:00 AM
      @Sonny Rather than blame Ford let's look at FACTS -

      1. Virtually no subway expansion last 30+ years. Blame every city council for that
      2. Miller and his band of merry socialist councillors had a hate-on for cars, desynchronizing traffic lights, st. clair right of way, etc.

      By the time Ford became mayor the mess was in place, but nice try blaming him. Try FACTS next time.
  2. Sonny posted on 05/22/2014 10:10 AM
    Frankie, the drop occured under Ford in year 4.
    Toronto had it's rise under Miller and Federal minority gov'ts.
  3. Tony Guy posted on 05/22/2014 02:10 PM
    The City of Toronto has for the past thirty years failed to develop any plan to lessen gridlock on the roads, improve rapid transit on roads, on subways or even by LRT. Toronto is North America's third largest City but has no link to the airport which is in Mississauga. Why? Our council is dysfunctional and Ward centric. Transit is far to important to the GTA to be left in their hands. You only have to see the volume of traffic along our Provincial highways, the Mississauga busses streaming into Islington subway station ad the Go Trains terminating a Union Station to realise that the issue is much bigger than perceived by our myopic council. The Province needs to step in and create a plan for the GTA and relieve Council of the need to harangue about LRT's, Subways and bicycle paths.
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