By Jim Duff,
According to traffic analysis provider INRIX, Montreal’s average off-island morning commute takes between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the day of the week. The ride home averages between 60 and 75 minutes.
That was before the latest Turcot closure.
Beginning Nov. 21, the average off-island total daily commute increases to between 130 and 165 minutes – and that’s minus accidents, weather delays or other delay factors.
In 2014, INRIX’s scorecard ranked Montreal as Canada’s most congested city, with construction, accidents and congestion adding up to a 21.6% delay in the city’s collective trips per year. That translates into 38.1 hours wasted in traffic – an entire work week wasted in traffic every year.
#The traffic data used to compile the scorecard was collected in 2013, prior to the Turcot and Ile aux Tourtes closures as well as dozens of other traffic-blocking measures.
There’s no way to compute the loss of time with family or the health cost of the stress of being trapped in traffic knowing you have to be somewhere.
I have a personal interest. This fall we opened Le champignon.ca, a co-working space in Hudson. We see co-working as the solution to our region’s greatest challenge — attracting entrepreneurs and professionals with quality jobs. As it now stands, the only jobs our region offers are in either entry-level sales and service or public/parapublic service, many of them off limits to anyone whose mother tongue isn’t French.
There is an alternative. A growing number of corporations understand the benefit of allowing their employees a chance of working closer to home and make it part of their pay package. Not only does it reduce office rental costs, but companies see sharing space as a way to tap into new ideas with those not related to their industry. They can pitch ideas and gain valuable feedback. Coworking is proving to be a disruptive movement with an expected 30% increase by 2018.
Centrally located in Hudson, Le champignon.ca is minutes from Vaudreuil-Dorion and St. Lazare. We offer a plan and a workspace configuration for your needs and the flexibility to accommodate your schedule. We offer everything a modern professional workspace requires —Wi-fi, lounge areas, conference and training rooms, kitchen facilities and proximity to restaurants, coffee shops and the spectacular Sandy Beach Park trails.
Call us for a visit, 450-458-5353 and visit our website to see which of our affordable packages works best for you. We look forward to meeting you!
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