Congestion noticeably worse in past year: survey

John G Smith


TORONTO, Ont. – Canadian truckers are reporting that traffic congestion is noticeably worse than it was a year ago, and about one in three have missed a scheduled appointment in the last month because of it.

Seventy-seven percent of those who participated in the latest Today’s Trucking Pulse reader survey report that traffic congestion is noticeably worse today than a year ago.

While 34% missed a scheduled appointment or delivery this month because of congestion, 22% missed one in the past week. Still, 27% said they had been more than six months since they missed a scheduled appointment or delivery because of traffic.

When it comes to work-related routes, 74% of survey respondents said traffic congestion is a significant issue all year long, although 15% said the issue is largely limited to peak periods such as holidays or special events.

Radio reports (68%) are the most common source of information for traffic congestion, followed by smartphone apps such as Waze (61%), and fellow drivers and the CB (29%). Online traffic cameras were accessed by 15%.

Almost half (49%) of those surveyed use toll routes specifically to avoid congestion on other routes. However, 64% said they are unwilling to accept higher taxes or tolls to fund infrastructure maintenance or new highways if they helped to reduce congestion.

Today’s Trucking conducts Pulse reader surveys once per month, by email and through social media channels.



John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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