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March 9, 2015

The hidden costs of congestion are between $500 million and $1.2 billion a year for the Metro Vancouver area, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Tackling Traffic: The Economic Cost of Congestion in Metro Vancouver,” author Benjamin Dachis finds that when congestion causes people not to travel it stifles the key benefits of living in a city, like learning face-to-face, finding better jobs, and sharing services and infrastructure. These are collectively called agglomeration benefits.

Benjamin Dachis

Benjamin Dachis is Associate Vice President, Public Affairs for the C.D. Howe Institute. In his role, he furthers the Institute’s mission to improve Canada’s economic performance by enhancing the visibility, reputation and impact of its research and activities.