TORONTO, Ont. — The Pan Am Games have brought a lot to the city of Toronto of late, including the collective hatred for American rappers and, of course, the shared admiration for sport.
However, the Pan Am Games have also brought traffic congestion – and lots of it – thanks to the HOV lanes that have been implemented across Toronto and Hamilton highways.
And now, according to a report by the Canadian Press, the temporary HOV lanes could return in the form of toll lanes.
“Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants to apply lessons learned from the HOV lanes set up this summer on the Queen Elizabeth Way, some 400-series highways, the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway to creating toll lanes,” the report said, adding that the Premier said money from the toll lanes would be an important source of revenue to fund the $130-billion, 10-year transit and infrastructure plan.
Mayor John Tory added that the city of Toronto will wait to see where the new toll lanes will go so they can create “a sensible network for drivers.”
The HOV lanes are scheduled to be removed after the Games end in late August.