Corridor improvements cost money, but so does congestion. A forecast by HDRConsultants in 2009 predicted that by 2030, the cost of congestion in the Central Okanagan (i.e. value of lost travel time due to excess commuting delays) would average $937 per year per commuter. Excess vehicle operating costs add another $104 annually to the burden.
There are even impacts on labour and business activity. If congestion issues remain unaddressed there would be a cumulative reduction of more than 900 jobs and business revenues of more than $72 million by 2030.
Information such as this helps government decision makers as they consider the business case for infrastructure investment.