If you talk to any Calgarian he'll probably tell you that there is a traffic congestion problem in Calgary. Just how bad is this congestion? According to the TomTom Americas Traffic Index, Calgary is the fifth most congested city in Canada when it comes to traffic. The five top cities in Canada are listed below:
This index took a look at the commuting times in different cities in North and South America. In all, there were 63 cities studied. The most congested city overall was Rio de Janeiro. It had a 55% congestion rate compared to the 22% rate found in Calgary. Calgary was ranked 25 overall out of these 63 cities while Ottawa came in at 17 and Montréal at 12.
According to the report, it's best for Calgarians to try to avoid the Tuesday morning commute in particular. On Tuesdays it will take you longer to get to work while the commute home on Thursdays and Fridays will be slower than on other days of the week. On average, commuters can expect a delay of 27 minutes per hour on the roads in Calgary.
Sustainable options need to be put into place as Calgary continues to grow. It's difficult for the road infrastructure to stay on pace with the high net migration to the city. Transit, biking and walking in particular need to be emphasized in this city that is battling an ever-growing problem with traffic congestion.
There are plans in place to expand the Calgary Transit system and the cycle track has received a vote of approval. As well, the city is looking at the possibility of implementing tolls for express lanes on some of the major roads. The data from the report shows that a driver in Calgary that commutes for 30 minutes per day can expect 71 hours of accumulated delays per year.