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August 24, 2011
Commute times to work in Edmonton and Calgary shortest in the country.
According to a new report from Statistics Canada, the average commute time to work for Canadians in 2010 was 26 minutes (one way). About a quarter of those took their own vehicle (24%), while another 44% rode public transit. Some 14% walked or used a bicycle.
Not surprisingly, commuters in Canada’s largest cities spent the most time getting to work, with Toronto leading at 33 minutes. Montreal (31 minutes) and Vancouver (30 minutes) were not far behind.
Of cities over 1 million, Edmonton had the lowest average commute time of 23 minutes. It took Calgarians an average of 3 minutes more (26 minutes).
Improved public transportation systems in Calgary in the coming years could help reduce congestion and commute times.
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