Wikipedia covers the city of Toronto here. And one of the major issues is gridlock. Which I know about all too well. For seven years now, I have been waking up in the dark to drive downtown to avoid the gridlock. There is no hope on the return drive. The roads in Toronto start to clog at around 2pm and stay clogged until around 7pm.
I spend roughly 2 hours a day or more in a car. I don’t get enough sleep because of waking up so early in the morning. The commute is stressful. And I have pretty much had enough of it.
My oldest son heads out to university in the fall. And that may be the appropriate time for us to re-evaluate our current location. There is a lot to be said for where we live now however it too is starting to show the same signs of overpopulation. I live with gridlock during the week and when I get home on the weekend, the local roads are almost as bad in certain areas of our community. If we have any errands to run on a Saturday then we have to get out early. And forget about finding a table at a restaurant on a Friday or Saturday evening.
So we are thinking about moving closer to work. Ideally, close enough that I do not need to use a car to get back and forth. Even getting 1 hour back each day from the commute would allow me an extra thirty 8-hour days a year with my family. As much as I like my car, I am getting a bit tired of spending more time with it then with my family at home.