Kathleen Wynne, the new Premier of Ontario, recently stated her willingness to consider implementing new methods to raise revenue to help fund expansion of public transit. Furthermore, the 2013 Ontario Budget presented by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa Thursday, specifically indicates that the Province is committing to convert select high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) into high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes as a potential option in this regard. A plan on the conversion is to be brought forward by the end of the year.
According to recent news reports, the City of Calgary is considering more High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to ease traffic congestion on the citys crowded streets. This would be a mistake and the city would be well advised to drop the HOV idea and start considering adding additional toll lanes to Calgarys road network instead.