While police forces in Toronto and the GTA made some cash off of violators of the HOV lanes during the summer Pan Am Games, it likely wasn’t enough to cover the $3.2 MILLION cost of creating those lanes!
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation discovered through a Freedom of Information request that the Ministry of Transportation spent $306,000 just to paint the HOV markers on the pavement (some of which had to be applied more than once!).
But it cost $959,000 to remove those same markers! An interesting fact, considering that back in May, the Ministry informed the public that workers will not remove the lane markings after the Games. They claimed that the temporary paint will simply fade with time, as reported in the Toronto Star HERE.
$1.9 million was also spent on signage.
“Premier Wynne is wasting millions of dollars painting and then un-painting road markers, giving away money to teachers unions, and spending nearly a billion dollars every month on debt interest. Now she wants us to pay a toll for roads that have already been built so she can undertake massive new spending programs and continue to squander taxpayers hard earned money,” concluded Christine Van Geyn with the Ontario chapter of the Taxpayers Federation.
Now, back in June, the HOV markings began to fade early, meaning that the contractor had to reapply the road paint. The Ministry claimed that contractor, who they still refuse to name despite the Freedom Of Information request by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, replaced the paint at their own cost, as mentioned HERE by the Toronto Sun.
Some are wondering if the contractor reapplied a permanent coat of paint so that the markers would last through the Pan Am Games, but would require an expensive removal after the end of the games!