Ontario to expand HOV network

TORONTO — More 400-series highways in Southern Ontario will be getting an extra lane — except most truckers won’t ever be able to use it.

The Ontario government plans to expand the number of high-occupancy lanes on 400-series highways early next year. The HOV lanes, which opened a year ago on sections of highways 404 and 403, are restricted to vehicles with at least two occupants.

Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield says the expansion will not take away existing lanes to make way for HOV lanes, but gave no specifics, reports teh Toronto Star.

She did hint, however, at a effort to add the lanes on the province’s busiest north-south artery, Hwy. 400, along the entire Barrie-Toronto stretch.

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