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By crtsvg (registered) | Posted November 10, 2009 at 04:49:58

Commute Costing More than Just Time

11/10/2009

Here is something for Toronto commuters to think about this morning while stuck in traffic. A report by the O-E-C-D says traffic congestion in the Toronto area costs the country $3.3 billion in lost productivity a year.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says the problems are the result of urban sprawl and decades of underinvestment in public transit by Ottawa.

Transit service in the region has not kept pace with population growth and 70 per cent of commuters depend on vehicles -- one of the highest rates in the organization's 30 member countries.

The result is air pollution, some of the longest commutes among O-E-C-D countries, and ``a direct hit on productivity.''

They suggest toll lanes, local fuel and parking taxes, a congestion charge in the city centre and some fees on major routes in the area to cut down on the congestion.

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