Torontonians are well aware of how terrible traffic can be in the city, and a new study sadly confirms that the 6ix is officially number one for the worst traffic in all of North America.
TomTom, the GPS and electronics manufacturer, just published the 13th edition of their TomTom Traffic Index, which looks at traffic trends in cities around the world, spanning across 55 different countries.
Out of 387 cities, it was determined that residents of Canada’s largest city spent the longest sitting in traffic within North America in 2023, and the third longest around the world, beat only by London, U.K. in first, and Dublin, Ireland in second.
By looking at data pulled from over 600 million in-car navigation systems and smartphones, TomTom analyzed drivers’ average travel time per kilometre, congestion levels, average speed during rush hour, and time lost to traffic over the course of the year.
According to the index, it was found that Toronto drivers take an average of 29 minutes to travel just 10 km, which was up 50 seconds per 10 km compared to 2022.
Even worse, Toronto drivers reportedly lost 98 hours of time to rush hour in 2023. That’s over four days worth!
Toronto was also the only North American city to make the top ten, even beating out Mexico City in 13th, New York which ranked 20th, and Vancouver in 32nd.
Within Ontario, a number of other cities also made the list. London Ontario ranked at 142, Hamilton at 220, and Kitchener-Waterloo at 325.