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NEWS 1130 Worst Commute winner relocates to ease her pain

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We have our first winner in Vancouver’s Worst Commute contest!

Sylvia Pedevilla became so tired of the multiple slowdowns on her drive to and from work, she packed up and moved to another city.

She said her daily three-hour roundtrip from Port Coquitlam to East Vancouver may not be the longest, but it was always a test of her sanity.

After passing what she calls “sleepy pre-coffee commuters” in Port Coquitlam, she would reach Lougheed Highway near Coquitlam station.

“There are three large intersections, each one if the light was red, takes three minutes to pass. I like to think of myself as an imaginative person so those three lights felt like three fire breathing dragons that once passed, you could go onto your final quest.”

After taking the Barnet Highway, she would reach Hastings Street.

“On Hastings, it was just light after light. And for some reason, everybody wants to turn left on Hastings. It was always a miracle when I finally got to 1st Ave,” she tells us.

“That is truly what makes driving a chore and more stressful than talking to the CEO of your company.”

But over the summer, summer gasline upgrades on E. 1st Avenue made for very slow-moving traffic on that crosstown route. “That was another treacherous route that I praised myself for the obstacles and hurdles that I would need to overcome.”

Then she would reach Main Street. “Once upon a time, the ugly part of the city and still has street engineering that reflects that. For example the intersection of 7th Ave? Why Vancouver? Why?”

Pedevilla got so tired of her commute, she moved to North Vancouver and switched jobs so she can walk to work!

She gets $500 for her pain, thanks to our partners at Toyo Tires. If you think you should be our next winner, click here for details on how to enter.