HOV Lanes: Pan American/Parapan American Games

Update: see previous posts – June 23, 2015 3-letter codes for Pan Am/Parapan Games On Highways – Deciphered, June 11, 2015 Temporary HOV lanes Requires 3+ Occupants Begins June 29/15, March 17, 2014 Toronto: Toronto’s Pan Am Games Will Come With Temporary Carpool Lanes June 9, 2011 HOV Lanes – Aren’t Designed for Blow-Up Dolls

The two (2) passengers HOV lanes has ended.  The three (3) passenger HOV lanes are now in effect.
The two (2) occupants per vehicle HOV lanes has ended. The three (3) occupants per vehicle temporary HOV lanes have been in effect since June 29, 2015 and will continue until July 27, 2015 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.). On July 28, 2015 HOV lanes will revert back to the two (2) occupants per vehicle, until August 18, 2015 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.).

The Pan American Games brings with it, HOV lanes that require three (3) occupants per vehicle from June 29 to July 27, 2015 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.) . During the Parapan American Games beginning on July 28 to August 18, 2105 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.) the HOV lanes will revert back to two (2) occupants per vehicle.

The following vehicles have unrestricted access to HOV lanes, no matter how many passengers they are carrying :

  • buses of all types
  • licensed taxis and airport limousines (until June 30, 2016)
  • emergency vehicles
  • electric vehicles with green licence plates (until June 30, 2016) (On Provincial Highways Only)
This is the new HOV sign that will be featured over several highways and roads during the Pan Am/Parapan Games from June 29 to July 27, 2015 inclusive.
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The new HOV lanes can be used for accredited games vehicles, licenced taxi’s, public transit vehicles, emergency vehicles, Airport limousines(on Provincial Highways only), Electric Vehicles with Green Licence Plates(on Provincial Highways only) and vehicles carrying three (3) occupants from June 29 to July 27, 2015 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and two (2) occupants from July 28 to August 18, 2015 (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.).

Temporary HOV lane erected for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on the Gardiner Expressway.
Temporary HOV lane erected for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on the Gardiner Expressway.

The HOV lanes that were temporarily erected for the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games will be found on the following highways:

  • Highway 401
  • Highway 404
  • Highway 407
  • Highway 427

The Ontario Provincial Police (the “OPP”) will be patrolling these highways and aggressively ticketing those motorists, who shouldn’t be driving in the HOV lanes.
The fines and penalties for improperly using the HOV lanes, on which the OPP patrol will be a $110.00 fine and three (3) demerit points upon conviction.

The HOV lanes that were temporarily erected for the Pan Am Games and the Parapan Am Games will be found on the following roadways:

  • the Gardiner Expressway
  • Jane Street(north of Steeles Ave. W./south of Highway 407)
  • Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Queen Elizabeth Way

The City of Toronto Police will be patrolling these roadways and aggressively ticketing those motorists, who shouldn’t be driving in the HOV lanes.
The fines for improperly using the HOV lanes on roadways on which Toronto police patrol is an $85.00 fine upon conviction.

Temporary Pan Am/Parapan Am Games HOV lane on the Gardiner Expressway.
Temporary Pan Am/Parapan Am Games HOV lane on the Gardiner Expressway.

The Provincial government believes that those who use the HOV lanes save anywhere from 14 to 17 minutes in travel time.

The OPP and Toronto police will be concentrating on the HOV lanes between June 29 and August 18, 2015 in which the Games will be taking place.

This sign provides pictures and print of those vehicles allowed in the temporary HOV lanes. Public transit, taxi's, three (3) occupants in vehicle, motorcycles and those with a Pan Am Games permit.  The lanes must contain one of the above, if the vehicle is travelling in the HOV lane between 5 am to 11 pm.
This sign provides pictures and print of those vehicles allowed in the temporary HOV lanes. Public transit, taxi’s, three (3) occupants in vehicle, motorcycles and those with a Pan Am Games permit. The lanes must contain one of the above, if the vehicle is travelling in the HOV lane between 5 am to 11 pm.
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