Toronto is hungry. It’s tummy is growling. The only thing that will calm such a hungry is cash, income, moola, REVENUE!
Toll roads may be the meal that the city so desperately needs.
Stephen Buckley, Toronto’s transportation general manager, has highlighted the opportunity that exists with both the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway in a report to mayor John Tory’s executive committee.
A flat-fee toll could be slapped on to one or both of those highways for a single trip, at a cost of between $1.25 and $3.25 for motorists. If you drive a truck (not sure if this suggests a pickup or a big rig), you’ll be happy to know that your toll would be DOUBLED!
The scheme would be similar to the 407, in that it would be a distance-based system with cost per kilometre set at 10-35 cents.
The money collected from the toll could pay for infrastructure improvements on both major arteries, with money left over for any transit projects that tickle Toronto’s fancy!
Would you be opposed to toll roads running through the city? Are in you in favour of the idea, given that the money will go to cash-strapped projects?
This move could help push more motorists off the road, reducing congestion and pollution. Isn’t that something that should be celebrated?