Road Today - - Toll Talk -

Hav­ing fa­cil­i­tated On­tario’s only con­tin­u­ous mo­bil­ity pric­ing con­ver­sa­tion since 2008, Trans­port Fu­tures (TF) ap­plauds Toronto Mayor John Tory’s call for road tolls on the city’s Don Val­ley Park­way (DVP) and Gar­diner Ex­press­way.

“The Mayor’s bold lead­er­ship is per­fectly timed since the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is al­ready test­ing High Oc­cu­pancy Toll (HOT) Lanes on the QEW be­tween Oakville and Burling­ton”, says Martin Col­lier, TF founder. “In both cases, flat toll fees must be re­placed by dy­namic pric­ing but we’re en­cour­aged by the re­gional op­por­tu­nity these ini­tia­tives present.”

As­sum­ing Toronto City Coun­cil sup­ports Tory’s tolling rec­om­men­da­tion, TF strongly ad­vises the Prov­ince to cre­ate HOT Lanes on the en­tire length of High­way 427 and on High­way 401 be­tween the 427 and DVP. This com­bi­na­tion of HOT and fully priced lanes would cre­ate a seam­less toll net­work around Toronto that re­sults in the fol­low­ing ben­e­fits:

con­ges­tion re­duc­tion –

com­muters and goods move­ment across the re­gion; geographic eq­uity – most high­way driv­ers will pay a toll and have a re­li­able trip no mat­ter where they live;

sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue raised for GTHA tran­sit in­fra­struc­ture and road main­te­nance –

$500 mil­lion to $1 bil­lion an­nu­ally (de­pend­ing on price of toll) and sav­ings from re­duced road ex­pan­sion;

de­creased au­to­mo­tive emis­sions –

will help meet On­tario’s cli­mate change and air qual­ity tar­gets.

im­proved modal split –

shift­ing trips from cars to sus­tain­able modes that cut con­ges­tion, pol­lu­tion and crashes while en­hanc­ing health;

4 in­creased job op­por­tu­ni­ties –

es­pe­cially for those look­ing for work in tran­sit, In­tel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Sys­tems and Trans­porta­tion De­mand Man­age­ment ser­vices (e.g Smart Com­mute). “The stars are align­ing to cre­ate a toll net­work that will help solve the GTHA’S $6-bil­lion grid­lock chal­lenge”, says Col­lier.

Founded by Healthy Trans­port Con­sult­ing (HTC) in 2008, Trans­port Fu­tures fa­cil­i­tates a non-par­ti­san di­a­logue per­tain­ing to mo­bil­ity pric­ing, in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing mech­a­nisms and emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy through learn­ing events, out­reach, re­search and projects.

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