Hamilton third worst commuter traffic in Ontario – study


Published January 11, 2024 at 4:55 pm

Hamilton’s traffic woes are the third worst in Ontario and 17th poorest in North America, though they pale in comparison to the problems faced by Toronto drivers,  according to the annual TomTom Traffic Index, which places Toronto’s traffic as the absolute worst in North America.

Toronto trails only London, England and Dublin, Ireland for longest global commuting time.

TomTom, a geolocation technology company, based their list on data from more than 600 million in-car navigation systems and smartphones.

In Toronto, it now takes an average of 29 minutes to travel 10 kilometres – an increase of 50 seconds from 2022 – costing drivers an estimated 98 hours a year in Toronto rush hour traffic.

That’s like losing a long weekend and not in a fun way.

During rush hour, commuters in the Big Smoke travel a mind-numbingly slow average of 18 km/hr.

The rush hour commute in Hamilton is a bit better at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, putting them ahead of just London (not England) at 17 minutes and 20 seconds and Kitchener-Waterloo at 12 minutes and 20 seconds in Ontario.

Hamilton’s traffic problems were the eighth worst in Canada and the city was ranked at 218 in the world.

The trend over 2023 confirms the general decline in average speeds in most cities: of the 387 cities analyzed in the traffic index, 82 saw their average speed remain unchanged, and 77 had a higher average speed (and therefore shorter journey times) than the previous year, according to a press release from TomTom.

With files from Karen Longwell

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