Montrealers spend second-longest time commuting

MONTREAL August 24, 2011 By Joëlle Pouliot, The Gazette - A new study suggests commute times in Montreal are the second-longest in Canada, after Toronto. Statistics Canada collected its data in 2010, before this summer’s road blocks caused by repairs and construction projects in Montreal.

Commuters in Canada's biggest cities spent an average of 30 minutes getting to work, with 33 minutes for Torontonians, 31 for Montrealers and 30 for Vancouverites.

The Canadian average was 26 minutes to travel to work on a typical day in 2010.

The study says commuters’ stress levels increased with the time of commute.

Over a third of the people in the study who took 45 minutes or more to travel to work said most days were somewhat or very stressful while 23 per cent of those traveling for less than 15 minutes said the same.

People whose commuting time was 45 minutes or more were also more likely to say that they had difficulty finding time to fulfill their family responsibilities because of the time they spent commuting and working.

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