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Road tolls on Gardiner, DVP goes before city council

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Dec 13th, 2016

Road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway could get one step closer to becoming a reality as councillors debate Mayor John Tory’s contentious proposal at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Tory said money raised from the proposed fees would pay for infrastructure projects including his SmartTrack transit plan.

While the cost of the tolls has not been decided, Tory said a $2 fee would bring in more than $200 million every year. All drivers would pay the toll, not just those living outside Torotnto.

On Monday, Tory once again challenged his detractors to find an alternative plan.

“I say to those who have expressed opposition, I respect your right to take the position against road tolls. But leadership also requires you to spell out in detail where the funds would come from to build the transit and fix the traffic,” he said.

Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti took a strong stance against toll on Monday, unfurling a banner and encouraging drivers to honk if they oppose the fees. Mammoliti said tolls would be Tory’s downfall.

“Mayor Tory said he [was] going to try when he got elected to bring the city together. Instead, he is dividing the city; he’s dividing the suburbs with the downtown part of the city with these kinds of initiatives. I think it’s his demise quite frankly,” he said.

Mammoliti did not say how he would raise funds for city services.

The tolls would still need approval from Queen’s Park. Premier Kathleen Wynne has suggested the Liberals would not block any official request from Toronto for road tolls.

So how will your councillor vote on road tolls? Click here for a map and list of every ward, showing which local politicians are supporting the proposed fees and which ones aren’t.


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