Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission is the latest group to endorse toll roads in the Toronto region. This coalition of prominent economists recommends turning the HOV lanes on provincial highways around the city into HOT lanes, allowing single occupant vehicles to use the lanes in exchange for paying a toll. A new report released by the Ecofiscal Commission suggests that, in the longer term, some of the busiest stretches of the 400 series highways and even the Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway could be converted to complete toll roads.
Are HOT lanes truly the best way to reduce congestion? Should we punish drivers or reward transit users?