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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 a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and Vice President of Research and Outreach at Clean Prosperity. Previously, he served as Associate Vice President, Public Affairs at the C.D.