Here. It is a sensitive and often well-discussed and opinionated topic.
There are lots and lots articles regarding this. I came across this one in Vancouver Sun (online), titled Gas, grief or gridlock – we’re all paying for urban traffic congestion.
Traffic congestion is here to stay. We keep building more roads to allow more vehicles to flow through, and people keep moving into the cities, while the transit fares remain unaffordably high. There are many factors that contribute to one of the worst, if not the worst, traffic congested cities in Canada.
The people in BC are already paying more on everything than their Canadian counterparts, and they are paying more time sitting in the traffic. On average people are spending 45 min to 1.5 hours in commute, and that’s more for rural commuters as they have fewer options to get to work/home.
At this time, the gas price sits at $1.38 at most Metro Vancouver gas stations. However, over on the Island, it’s at least $0.10 less, which understandably begs the question “why.”
I am not a big fan of politics, but somehow everything revolves around it.