Location of HOV lanes to be determined by year-end

Toronto, November 6 (CINEWS): Did you enjoy the free preview of HOV lanes over the summer in the GTA during the 2015 Pan Am Games and Parapan games? Those who got to use it and those traveling on GO buses talked about it in glowing terms. But the free preview is now over and HOV lanes are expected back by public demand and so by the end of the year exactly where the Liberal government intends to establish high-occupancy toll lanes andHOV-Lanes what the fees will be for using them.
The so-called HOT lanes will allow motorists without passengers to pay to use High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which were designed to encourage carpooling.
The plan is to create HOT lanes only where there area existing HOV lanes, which are free for any driver with at least one passenger, but HOV and toll lanes could also be created on any new or expanded highways.
“On the provincial highway network, we will not be taking out general purpose lanes for the HOT’s,” Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said Monday.
The government will create HOV lanes when it expands Highway 401 in the Cambridge area, but hasn’t yet determined if that stretch will also get HOT lanes.
He downplayed police reports showing accidents during the Games on Toronto-area highways with HOV lanes jumped 73 per cent compared with the same July-August period in each of the previous four years.
‘Frankly, we shouldn’t be taxing existing roadways. People have paid for those roads through their taxes, and that shouldn’t be an option that the government looks at.’Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown
The Progressive Conservatives said adding tolls to existing highways is a bad idea, and accused the Liberals of being too quick to consider new fees and taxes to solve their problems.
A report released Monday by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a coalition of economists, endorsed the idea of toll roads and “congestion fees” to help cities and provinces deal with traffic problems.
“Converting existing carpool lanes into HOT lanes or building new HOT-lane capacity on the provincially owned 400-series of highways could be a practical approach for reducing congestion in the broader area,” concluded the report.
Del Duca said the province was willing to work with any municipality that wants to add tolls to existing roads under their
jurisdiction, such as Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.
Already traffic gridlock is an issue facing thousands of motorists each day, having HOV and HOT lanes will help those fortunate few but will leave the rest of the motorists fuming and inhaling fumes in other lanes in snarling traffic.

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