Torontonians: There’s a good reason your daily commute is stressing you out.
According to a new study by B2B comparison site Expert Market, The Six ranks as having the sixth worst commute in the world.
T.O. is actually the worst commute in North America after such South American and European cities as Rio De Janeiro, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Istanbul and Salvador, which ranked No. 1 through No. 5, respectively.
As you might expect, neither the TTC workers union, the TTC riders grassroots organization nor the city’s largest cab company are taken aback by the findings.
“The TTC, they declared it an essential service but they didn’t fund it like an essential service,” said Kevin Morton, the Secretary-Treasurer of ATU Local 113, which represents 11,500 TTC workers who work as bus, streetcar, subway and Go Transit employees.
“Toronto is the catalyst of Ontario and right now its transit system is 30-40 years behind. New York is an example of what happens when you don’t spend money. Now you’ve got (former TTC CEO) Andy Byford there trying to correct 50 years of non-funding. Well, you know what? It’s a disaster in New York and Toronto’s facing the same thing. We all know we need a better transit system.”