Congestion: 26 million hours lost in traffic in Montreal

News 19 July, 2017
  • Camille Garnier

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:00

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:00

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    The motorists in montreal are losing each year, 26.3 million hours in the circulation, which ranks second among canadian drivers.

    According to a study of CAA was conducted at the beginning of the year, the traffic in montreal is the worst in the country after Toronto, which generates each year 51.6 million hours of slowing down.

    These figures are of concern to the Chamber of commerce of Canada, which denounces the environmental cost and economic congestion in a report made public today.

    Billions of dollars

    “If we take the example of a driver stuck on the Champlain bridge, this implies several costs : the wear and tear of the truck, the fuel, the wage of the driver and a well delivered late, which always has negative consequences,” said Guillaum Dubreuil, the spokesperson of the Chamber of commerce of Canada.

    The exact cost of congestion to the canadian companies is difficult to quantify precisely, ” said Guillaum Dubreuil. He believes, however, in billions of dollars.

    “Trucking companies and transport are the first to be affected, but these are not the only ones, he says. A lot of manufacturing companies work on the model just-in-time, that involves receiving parts immediately in case of need. For them, a delay in delivery can have serious consequences. “


    In its report, the Canadian Chamber of commerce indicates that the decrease of the traffic in montreal is going through a regular maintenance of the infrastructure. This would avoid the disturbance caused by major construction work.

    The institution notes in this regard the efforts of the City which, in its maintenance plan, current plans to work on the maintenance of 676 km of road per year, compared to 295 km by 2015.

    “It remains to ensure that the work does not relate only to the sectors the most visible, but all are beautiful and well into an overall plan consistent “, grade Guillaum Dubreuil.

    Mr. Dubreuil adds that the City of Montreal could also take inspiration from what is done elsewhere in terms of communication.

    He cited the example of the closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles in 2012, which the citizens had been warned weeks in advance.