A pilot project to introduce a High-Occupancy Toll Lane on the QEW
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
On September 15, 2016, the Ministry of Transportation will designate existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on a section of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area as High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.
A first in Canada, the HOT lanes will help manage congestion and add another option for travellers. The pilot is anticipated to last two to four years and will help the province learn about and plan for a more efficient highway network in Ontario.
Motor vehicles currently allowed in the HOV lanes, e.g., carpools of two or more occupants, will continue to be allowed in the HOV/HOT lanes for free, while motor vehicles with a driver only will be allowed in the HOT lanes upon the purchase and proper display of a valid HOT permit issued for the motor vehicle. Visit Ontario.ca/hotlanes to learn more about the pilot and how to apply for a permit.
January 4, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation is seeking feedback on a High-Occupancy Toll, or HOT, lane pilot project which would begin on a section of the QEW between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington in summer 2016 to help manage congestion and add another option for travellers.
The pilot is the first step of Ontario's plan to implement HOT lanes throughout the region. In this pilot project, vehicles with a single occupant that have been issued a permit will be allowed on existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the QEW (no physical reconfiguration of the highway). Carpools of two or more occupants will still be able to use the QEW HOT lanes for free. A limited number of permits will be available for a set fee.
Information gathered through the pilot will be used to inform long-term planning for future HOT lanes. The ministry invites any feedback on this proposal as well as any additional suggestions or comments that can inform long-term planning for future HOT lanes.
Ministry of Transportation
393 University Avenue
June 21, 2016