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The Hidden Costs of Traffic Congestion in Calgary and Edmonton

Posted by Red Arrow on Jan 5, 2016 3:10:00 PM

traffic congestionIn the not-so-distant past, purchasing a vehicle of your own was viewed as having a ticket to freedom — the ability to visit friends, see the world, and travel independently on a moment’s notice. Having a car also meant freedom to visit customers and potential clients on behalf of your businesses in other cities. Today however, you no longer need a vehicle of your own to achieve that sense of freedom. Coaches make trips between Calgary and Edmonton several times per day, making it easy to book a trip without the steep expense that goes hand-in-hand with commuting on your own.

Gasoline, insurance, and maintenance are obvious drivers of cost when it comes to owning a vehicle. But there are other, less obvious costs that most people do not realize. In fact, Transport Canada quantified the direct and social costs of traffic congestion in Canada’s largest urban centres. The cities included in the study were Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City.

The findings of the study were categorized as follows:

The Cost of Lost Time

Commuting solo is a time-consuming activity. Lost time leads to lower productivity and impacts society as a whole, in the form of increased production costs. In other words, lost time is a loss to the economy.

The Cost of Wasted Fuel

The rising cost of fuel has both an economic cost as well as an environmental cost, with consequences far into the future. In the short term, increased demand on a limited fuel supply drives costs up. In the long term, the cost of wasted fuel in gridlocked traffic leads to increased production of greenhouse gases, which are harmful to the environment.

The Cost of Carbon Emissions

The environmental cost of solo commuting is possibly the most substantial. Carbon emissions in the atmosphere cost the world 8,800 lives and $15.4 Billion every year. In 2006, Calgary and Edmonton accounted for an estimated $300 million of that figure — which has probably increased since the time of the study in 2006.

The Case for Public Transportation

Public transportation substantially reduces gridlock because coaches can carry far more commuters in a smaller amount of space. What’s more, the availability of WiFi on board helps commuters stay productive, even during rush hour.

Consider that a Red Arrow motorcoach can carry up to 36 passengers, including wheelchairs, the environmental impact and cost savings are astounding.  Add to this the saving of valuable productive work hours and the safety of letting professional drivers get you to and from your destination, taking a motorcoach is the wiser business decision.

With a reduced number of a cars on the road, all of us can enjoy greater productivity, alleviated traffic congestion, and an overall lower cost of living. Instead of getting into your vehicle for your next trip, book a seat on a Red Arrow luxury coach!  



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