I think anyone who has ever worked in Toronto would tell you that commuting can be the worst, but at least we are all in it together right? Well, apparently not, as it turns out young people and transit riders are actually getting hit with the longest commutes in Toronto. According to data found in a new Forum poll, millennials and those who take public transit are getting hit the hardest by the 6ix’s growing commutes times.
Forum Research discovered that on average, Torontonians are spending an hour-and-a-half of their day commuting to and from work each day. That doesn’t seem that bad right? That is until you consider the fact that a poll of 1,157 residents discovered that the average commute in the city is now 42 minutes each way, which is a whopping eight percent increase from the 39-minute commute that was recorded in a similar study back in 2013.
“On average, commute times have increased across the city, due to the massive increases we’re seeing in North York, Etobicoke, and York,” Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff stated in a press release. “Young people, and particularly public transit users are hardest hit by long commutes. The majority say that building more public transit is the way to alleviate congestion, but we’ve also seen an increase in the amount of people who want another option, or just don’t know how to improve the problem; it may speak to a general frustration about the state of traveling throughout the city.”
Another shocking result found by researchers was that those who listed transit as their primary form of transportation reported their typical commute to be roughly 52 minutes long, which is actually 10-minutes over the calculated average. On the other hand, those who claimed a private vehicle as their primary mode of transportation recorded their commute to be just 40 minutes, two minutes less than the average.
On top of that, 60 percent of commuters who travel to work or school during their commute claim that the time they spend commuting reduces their overall quality of life. 27 percent of those commuters disagree with that assessment, and thirteen percent commuters say they don’t know how they feel about it.
It certainly isn’t uplifting news to discover that Torontonians are commuting longer than they did six years ago, but it’s also probably not that surprising to commuters who deal with the frustration of taking public transit daily. Maybe it’s time to invest in a bike?