High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes Pilot Expansion
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
On September 15, 2016, MTO implemented a High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes Pilot Project on the QEW, designating existing High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as HOT lanes on a 16.5 kilometre section (in both directions) between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington.
Effective January 1, 2022, MTO is planning to implement an expansion of the HOT Lanes Pilot, by utilizing existing HOV lanes on Highways 410 and 403. This will impact 13.13km in the eastbound direction and 11.91km in the westbound direction on Highway 403 and 10.93km in the northbound direction and 6.99km in the southbound direction on Highway 410.
The HOT Lanes Pilot expansion will allow capacity for 500 additional HOT permits to be made available for sale for each three-month term for these new HOT lane corridors (250 HOT permits for each corridor).
A single permit purchased will be valid on all HOT lane corridors.
We invite comments and feedback on this proposal.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The HOT Lanes Pilot expansion will have no impact on regulated entities. The expansion; however, will impact Ontarians who chose whether or not to participate in the voluntary pilot and use the HOT lane corridors. The expansion will provide alternative methods of travel to HOT permit participants and assist with traffic flow.
The HOT Lanes Pilot expansion does not result in new administrative compliance costs to regulated entities.
There are no direct compliance costs to business, not for profit and the broader public sector as a result of HOT Lanes Pilot expansion.
June 9, 2021
Comments Due Date:
July 26, 2021
151 Bloor St. W. 10th Floor. Toronto, ON. M5S 1S4