Update: see previous posts – August 19, 2015 Driver’s Receive More Than 2,100 HOV Charges During Pan/Parapan Am Games, July 22/15 Temporary HOV Lanes to Evolve Into Permanent HOT Lanes
Ontario’s plan to bring in high occupancy toll lanes in the Greater Toronto Area is on the assembly line but not road ready yet, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.
“We have said all along that we were going to implement high occupancy toll lanes but there has been a conflation of the HOV lanes that were in place because of Pan and Parapan Games and our commitment on HOT lanes,” Wynne said Monday. “They’re not one and the same thing.
“We’re in the process of developing the HOT lane proposal but that is not complete,” she said.
The Wynne government intends to toll some of the existing highway lanes in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The proceeds would be used to fund infrastructure like transit and bridges, the government has said.
“All of the work has not been done and so it would be irresponsible of me to speculate on where (HOT lanes) would be and how they’ll be aligned with the other investments that we’re making,” Wynne said.
Progressive Conservative MPP Michael Harris predicts the HOT proposal will roll out on a sleepy Friday of a long weekend when Ontarians are not paying attention.
Wynne doesn’t want to reveal the details of her plan to bring in HOT lanes right now for fear it will hurt federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail — especially after the “charade” of the Pan Am HOV lanes, he said.
“She should absolutely come forward and bring forward that information,” Harris said. “Ontarians have already paid for these highways and so now they’re going to be asked to pay again for the privilege to drive on roads that they’ve already paid for.”