Province Announces HOT Lane Pilot Project
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Province Announces HOT Lane Pilot Project

Dubbed the "HOT-lane-plan," the province will implement permits for HOV lanes starting next summer.

Ontario drivers should start getting their Drake jokes ready: the HOT-lanes-plan is here.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced this morning that high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes will be coming to Ontario next summer.

Current high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes exist for drivers with one passenger or more. HOT lanes will allow drivers without passengers to pay to use the space. Del Luca said that roughly 1,000 permits would be issued during the pilot project, but did not specify the cost per permit. A press release states that costs will be announced in the spring of 2016.

The pilot project will launch next summer on the QEW, for the 16.5-kilometre stretch between Trafalgar Road and Guelph Line. It will then be implemented on Highway 427, when its extension is complete. The pilot project is expected to last up to four years.

The plan has faced opposition from both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP. PC Leader Patrick Brown has said that “we shouldn’t be taxing existing roadways,” while Andrea Horwath has taken things step further and dubbed the project “Lexus lanes,” which inadvertently adds to their Drakeness.

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