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Average driver spends 40 days a year battling traffic

TORONTO, Ont. – Traffic in the GTA is getting worse every year and it’s costing us big time.

The latest edition of Maclean’s magazine took a look at the daily commute and a possible solution.

Gridlock in the GTA is costing us about $6-billion a year, and Andrew Coyne, national editor of Maclean’s magazine, told 680News it’s getting worse.

Coyne said that according to Statistics Canada, drivers are spending about 40 days a year behind the wheel.

“Commute times are now up to 80 minutes in Toronto a day — that’s two ways,” he added.

For most people, public transit takes twice as long than driving, and car pooling just isn’t catching on.

Coyne said we need to take a better look at tolls.

“If we’re willing to pay a small amount per mile out of pocket, we will actually wind up saving ourselves a lot of time, aggravation and indeed money,” he said.

Coyne also said in some countries toll roads have cut congestion by 20 to 30 per cent.

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