TORONTO COMMUTE TIMES LONGEST IN THE COUNTRY, UP 12% FROM 20 YEARS AGO: U OF W STUDY

Apr 29, 2014

By Jane Brown

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This comes as no surprise to commuters facing new lane restrictions on the Gardiner Expressway.  A new report says longer commute times, particularly in the Toronto area, are helping to keep Ontarians chronically crunched for time.

The study from the University of Waterloo for the Ontario Trillium Foundation reveals commute times in this province have increased 12 percent on average between 1994 and 2010.  That amounts to 6.4 minutes more on average spent getting to and from work each day or 27 hours over a typical work year.  Toronto residents have the longest commutes in the province and the country at 65.6 minutes on average.  Montrealers average 62 minutes a day, while residents of Vancouver have a 60 minute daily commute.   The average across the province of Ontario is 47 minutes.

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