TORONTO, Ont. — Tolling Toronto roads has once again become a hot topic of discussion, following the release of a Toronto City report on environmentalism.
Slapping tolls on the citys roads was included in a list of recommendations that also suggested such things as banning gas-powered lawnmowers and leaf blowers and requiring taxi fleets to operate hybrids. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 6% within five years and 80% by 2050.
Toronto Mayor David Miller responded to the report by saying hes not convinced that tolling city roads is the way to go.
“The recommendation is simply to begin work along with the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority to consider it,” he told local media. “But I’ve said for the last year or so that if we’re going to entertain the idea of road pricing, it would have to be to fund public transit, so car drivers know that what they’re getting in exchange for paying a bit more is better public transit, so there will be fewer cars on the road.”
Miller was widely criticized in 2003 when he suggested tolling roads in the Greater Toronto Area.
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