Most of you know I moved to the GTA from Winnipeg when I took this job. There are a lot of things I like about living here but traffic is not one of them. Now traffic is no treat in Winnipeg, but in the GTA it is a little different. Most traffic in Winnipeg can be blamed on two things, construction and weather. In the summer you know there is going to be construction and you try and avoid it, in the Winter snow is the problem. But the GTA is a little different...
- It took me two hours to get from the office to North York which should be 45 minutes in normal conditions. This day it just took longer due to volume.
- The 401 is 8 lanes in either direction at some points yet a flat tire on the complete opposite side of the freeway will cause traffic to come to a stop as people look to see what's going on
I am sure anyone who drives has stories to share about how bad traffic is where they live, I know for a fact Montreal and Vancouver are terrible as well, but there is some help!
The Live team here in Canada has been hard at work incorporating new features into some of the services they build. Maps.Live.Ca has a great new feature that highlights traffic conditions and construction information. I did a quick search for a route I take to get from the office to downtown Toronto to see what information it shows (click to enlarge).
You can see the green and yellow marking on the route indicating traffic flow and construction information. I did end up buying a GPS for my car to help me get around but it doesn't do traffic or construction. With this information now in Live Maps (currently in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto) I think I'll be getting around a bit easier from now on!