Toronto Ranks 19 Out of 19 in Daily Commuting Times

See this story in today’s Toronto Star

The Toronto Board of Trade just released its’ study (second annual “scorecard on prosperity”) and it concludes that the Greater Toronto’s (GTA) daily commuting times are the worst of the of 19 large cities surveyed.

At 80 minutes per round trip, Toronto commuters spend 24 minutes a day longer dragging themselves to and from work  than people in Los Angeles, 12 minutes longer than New Yorkers, and 32 minutes longer than residents of Barcelona.

The report notes only 29 per cent of Toronto-area residents leave cars at home. In Paris, 74 per cent walk, cycle or take transit; in Hong Kong, the percentage is even higher, at 90 per cent.

Average time in minutes of a trip to and from work:

  • Barcelona: 48.4
  • Dallas: 53.0
  • Milan: 53.4
  • Seattle: 55.5
  • Boston: 55.8
  • Los Angeles: 56.1
  • San Francisco: 57.4
  • Chicago: 61.4
  • Berlin: 63.2
  • Halifax: 65.0
  • Sydney: 66.0
  • Madrid: 66.1
  • Calgary: 67.0
  • Vancouver: 67.0
  • New York: 68.1
  • Stockholm: 70.0
  • London: 74.0
  • Montreal: 76.0
  • Toronto: 80.0

(2008 figures for U.S., Canada, Europe; 2006 figures for Sydney)

The figures average travel times for those who drive cars and those who take public transit.

This is where the Toronto Board of Trade ranks the Greater Toronto amongst other major cities with regard to prosperity:

Rank /City

1 Boston
2 Dallas
3 Barcelona
4 Toronto
5 Calgary
6 San Francisco
7 Paris
8 Madrid
9 Seattle
10 Hong Kong
11 Sydney
12 Vancouver
13 New York
14 London
15 Montreal
16 Chicago
17 Los Angeles
18 Tokyo
19 Shanghai
20 Halifax
21 Stockholm
22 Oslo
23 Milan
24 Berlin

Overall, Toronto ranks fourth among 24 world cities in the board’s scorecard.

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