5 worst commutes in Canada
Last year when it was revealed that three of the five worst traffic cities in North American belonged to Canada, a light was shed on something most Canadians already knew: commuting in this country can be a blood-boiling, hair-pulling experience.
The study by TomTom, an Amsterdam-based manufacturer of automotive GPS system that created a “congestion index” that ranks high-traffic cities across the globe, listed five Canadian cities in the top 20 [Vancouver, pictured above: #2; Toronto: #9; Ottawa: #10; Montreal #12; Calgary #16).
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But for the drivers who crawl along, bumper to bumper, every single day, the rankings are much too general– these daily slogs can inspire nemesis-levels of hate in commuters. Let’s highlight some of the worst commutes in Canada, and identify what makes them so harrowing.
Halifax's Armdale Roundabout
The Armdale Rotary roundabout actually predates modern traffic. Designed post WWII, the Rotary was only ever meant to handle 5,000 to 20,000 vehicles. More than half a century later, 60,000 vehicles, received from five different directions, lurch through the roundabout daily.
Up until 2006, motorists obeyed the “yield and proceed” rule, which led to logjams hundreds of metres long. When it was converted into a roundabout, vehicles in the traffic circle have right of way, with those entering having to wait for an opening before sneaking in. While traffic levels have improved with the conversion to a roundabout, the Armdale Roundabout continues to be a source of headaches for Haligonians.
Montreal's Autoroute Décarie
Sure, commuters (or survivors) of this sunken highway will lament about the wearisome rush hour commutes, but heavy traffic is just one of their frustrations. The safety conditions of this infamous highway are constantly in question, with exposed reinforcement steel and crumbling infrastructure a constant and safety concern and eyesore.