Gridlock Is Endemic In Vancouver and Will Be For Years To Come

Nothing new here.

As the provincial government keeps building new highways and bridges, car use will increase, simple.

As the provincial government, the City of Vancouver, TransLink, and Metro Vancouver, keep planning for and building hugely expensive mini-metro’s like SkyTrain and the Canada Line, for strictly political prestige and not as a convenient transit mode, car use increases.

Instead of using much cheaper to build and operate light rail, to create an affordable transit network that would offer a convenient alternative to the car, the powers that be still plan and build with SkyTrain that has proven not to take one car off the road.

One need not be a genius to predict that as we spend billions on SkyTrain and more billions on a Broadway subway, car use will just increase, creating endemic gridlock in the region.

No city in the world has ever cured gridlock by building more bridges and highways.

Vancouver is home to worst gridlock in Canada – GPS company study

A new study is out suggesting Vancouver is the worst city in Canada for gridlock.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst, PNG

TORONTO – A new study is out suggesting Vancouver is the worst city in Canada for gridlock.

TomTom – a Dutch-based company which specializes in navigation and mapping products – issued its fourth annual traffic index today.

It says in Vancouver, the average person experiences 87 hours of delay time a year, based on a 30 minute daily commute.

TomTom also says traffic shortcuts drivers take to avoid congestion are actually “long cuts”, adding 50 per cent more travel time to journeys.

The study also suggests gridlock on secondary roads is worse than main roads, and commuters around the world spend an average of eight working days a year stuck in traffic.

After Vancouver, says TomTom, the most congested cities in Canada are Toronto, then Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Quebec City and Edmonton.

Moscow tops the international list, followed by Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Palermo, Warsaw, Rome, Los Angeles and Dublin.


7 Responses to “Gridlock Is Endemic In Vancouver and Will Be For Years To Come”
  1. Rico says:

    I have said it before but I will say it again. This study is very flawed. It measures auto congestion. That is not the same as congestion in general and it is not a good measure of how good or poor a commute is. To this study a commute from Princeton to Chilliwack is ideal…no congestion, but a commute 3 blocks down Granville is bad. The best measure of commuting pain is total commuting time. This captures car drivers, people on the bus and even people who walk. By the way commuting time in Vancouver has been dropping….

    Zwei replies: No more flawed than your anti LRT rhetoric. As businesses flee Vancouver to the burbs I would suppos commuting time is less in the city – oh wait the rest of the region subsidizes your transit infrastructure, so Vancouver has more transit services than Burnaby or Surrey. If City taxpayers were forced to fund city transit, Vancouver’s transit scene would not be very good.

  2. Haveacow says:

    I agree, this is the most useless and most dishonest way to compare traffic data between cities. The data is useful inside a city when brought together with other things like volume counts, network assignment and other different methods of traffic measurement but as a way of comparing cities to one another, its a joke. The fundamentally poor methodology used by the Tom Tom is criminal and simply a way to sell more Tom Tom Units. I have said this before so I won’t bother with all the details just that, it is has so many problems in so many ways the data comparing cities is almost meaningless. Zwei please stop giving this useless info a place to spout and scare people.

    Zwei replies: The real congestion in Metro Vancouver is not Vancouver itself, rather along HWY 1 from Surrey to Chilliwack; the Massey tunnel: Richmond and the Tri-cities. The Evergreen line will not take a car off the road and the Canada line is far too expensive to expand, thus leaving highways as the only realistic mode to travel. In the last year, i have talked to more people that have abandoned public transit for the car, simply because the service was slow and poor.

    Tom-Tom’s methodology may be bad, but not as bad as the BS trundled out by Vancouver City planners and Engineers and of course the SkyTrain Lobby, which now seems to be made up from HUB members.

  3. Richard says:


    Your about 20 years behind. Businesses are fleeing suburban office parks to be close to downtown or SkyTrain stations. Just witness the large number of offices being built.

    Burnaby has pretty good transit survice. Almost 30% commute to work by transit, almost the same as in Vancouver.
    Surrey does need improving. Don’t forget though that they got the first regional rapid transit connection.

    Zwei replies: Ya, Hm-Hm, that explains the mass of business parks along the #1 to Chilliwack and in South Surrey. I know of of four people who live in Vancouver/Burnaby who now must commute to Abbotsford because of business relocation. Cheap taxes and cheap gas are attracting businesses out of Vancouver. High rents and an anti auto city council is driving a lot of businesses out of the city, leaving chain stores and service industries left to service the wealthy in Vancouver.

  4. Richard says:

    Oh and also, you need to look at all transportation dollars, not just transit. The Provincial government in the last decade, has spent around $6 billion on roads and only $1.5 billion on rapid transit in the region. I suspect it actually had been Vancouver taxpayers that have been subsidizing roads in other parts of the region.

    And some of that $6 billion should have been invested in Rail for the Valley instead.

    Zwei replies: Dream on. SkyTrain has left a legacy of massive expenses that the ministry of transportation has deemed it too expensive to extend great distances, thus leaving highways as the only way to go. SkyTrain has destroyed good transit in the region and will continue to do so in the future.

  5. Richard says:

    Might want to do just a bit of research. The economic outlook for Vancouver is looking good.

    Zwei replies: Ah yes the Vancouver Sun, the great propaganda sheet for Vancouver elites who wish to see the status quo continue.

  6. eric chris says:

    Vancouver has the worst road congestion but the study did not give the cause. It is due to more people living in Surrey, Delta… Richmond and “commuting into Vancouver for work” where the business development and rail transit are disproportionately centered. For every transit user created, six new drivers are created. These drivers are living farther from Vancouver and driving farther for work: clogging the roads more.

    Increased density along ST lines doesn’t do any good in Surrey, Delta… Richmond when it just results in more drivers populating the new condos along ST lines. Freeways and ST lines do the same thing, in fact, freeways follow ST lines which are the impetus for the Port Mann Bridge and all the other bridges planned here.

    There is only one way to reduce gridlock in the future and more ST won’t do it. What will do it is getting people to make shorter commutes with more people living and working in their communities: to reduce the distance traveled by drivers on the roads. This can only be achieved with trams which encourage more “local” business development along tram lines in Surrey, Delta… Richmond so that drivers don’t have to drive so far for work and so that transit users don’t have to take transit so far for work.

    Got it? Yes, you are smart. No, you are stupid.

  7. eric chris says:

    @Oh and Richard, you have to look at who is paying for the roads: drivers with jobs. Roads benefit everyone fool and we don’t have food on the table without the roads for trucks to deliver groceries, chump. Transit only benefits the few who can’t drive and they only pay for 30% or less than it costs to move them on transit.

    We’d all be better off focusing on ways to move people in the way that they want to move (by car) rather than trying to coerce drivers into taking transit which they do not want to take. How about this innovative way to get around in Vancouver, it has more hope of succeeding in the reduction of road congestion and carbon emissions than ST:

    Realistically, transit does little to nothing to reduce road congestion and carbon emissions but it does degrade the air quality, greatly (PM2.5 in diesel exhaust from transit buses). Transit by TransLink is not the best way to move people and ST backfired – ST has worsened road congestion.

    You are daft and sound like an idiot trying to suggest that if we spend more money on transit – I’m going to sell my car to ride ST. I already live on the 99 Bee route and couldn’t give a crap about transit – just like most everyone else in Point Grey.

    Transit users pay for nothing and most don’t even hold a job – transit is a welfare program disguised as a ridiculous way to reduce road congestion and carbon emissions. We aren’t funding transit by TransLink to keep everyone at TransLink employed. If you want more cycling, cut down on transit – transit and cycling are mutually exclusive.