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HOT lanes to start on Oakville-Burlington QEW in summer

CityNews | posted Monday, Dec 7th, 2015

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The pilot project for high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes is scheduled to start on the QEW between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington next summer.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced the news on Monday morning, explaining that existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the QEW will be converted to HOT lanes, as expected.

People who intend to use the lanes with no passengers can purchase permits to do so. The number of permits available and the cost will be announced in spring.

Drivers with passengers and those with green licence plates can continue to use the lanes without a permit for free.

The Conservatives and New Democrats both oppose the plan.

They say Ontarians don’t want their roadways taxed.

In a statement, the Liberals said that in cities that already have HOT lanes – like Minneapolis, Seattle and Atlanta –  there is already less congestion in general use lanes. The lanes also promote behaviour changes by encouraging people to carpool, the government said.

With files from The Canadian Press

Before the announcement, Del Duca had tweeted out a Vine video that quickly went viral. Watch it below or click here to view it.

Comments

  • Joshua Fernandes says:

    We are a generation obsessed with sharing our instagram pictures, snapchats, and tweets but can’t stand the idea of being in the same car as a stranger. Why not think of them as friends you haven’t yet met and invest in the spectacular people of this region. To whomever you are reading this, I would share a ride with you to get places faster and I’d like to get to know you and your story. The people of the GTHA come from every possible background and have spectacular life stories stories to share. For all of you who claim to Love this city and region, treat this as an opportunity to live that love. Find someone to share your ride with and be part of the solution. Cooperation is more powerful than competition and technology has made it easy to find people with local startups such as http://www.blancride.com helping build trust and nurturing a vibrant rideshare community while using Toronto Tech to solve Toronto problems.

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