QEW and Highway 427 to have HOT lanes

Oakville, December 11 (CINEWS): Ontario is moving ahead with its high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. The Queen Elizabeth’s Way (QEW) from Trafalgar in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington has been selected as the pilot projected and will be up and running by June 2016.403-QEW_HOV_lane
As part of the pilot project, the current high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) on the QEW will be converted into HOT lanes. Single-occupant drivers or motorists who don’t have passengers in their vehicles will be allowed to use them but will have pay a fee and have the option of purchasing a permit.
Currently, the QEW currently has only one HOV lane running in both directions. Vehicles with two or more occupants will still be able to use the HOT lanes for free.
According to Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca, the information gathered from the pilot project will be used to inform long-term planning for future HOT lanes.
He had no details on HOT lane pricing yet and said that information will be coming in the spring, he said.
Plans for HOT lanes on Highway 427 were also announced. They will include electronic tolling from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road and will be open by 2021.
Ontario’s opposition parties, the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats, have already voiced their disapproval. According to the New Democrats, only the wealthiest of motorists will be able to afford the HOT lands, and have hence labelled them as ‘Lexus lanes’ with reference to the luxury car maker.
The province estimates that when the Highway 427 extension opens, there will be 36 million vehicles carpooling each year and that approximately 5 million single occupancy vehicles will pay a fee to use the HOT lanes.

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