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Toronto plans to add tolls to the DVP and Gardiner

The Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway might be annoying to drive on, especially during rush hour - or any time of day, really. But at least they're free to take. For now, that is.

Mayor John Tory will make an announcement later today supporting the push for tolls on both the DVP and the Gardiner. Apparently these tolls would help the city raise about $300 million per year. This money, as the Toronto Star reports, would go towards transit infrastructure projects, such as the Scarborough subway expansion.

This announcement will come after the city releases a staff report recommending new initiatives to help the city reduce its hefty infrastructure deficit. These include the tolls as well as new taxes on hotel and Airbnb stays.

Earlier this year, the city put out a request for proposals to look at how it would implement a tolling system on the DVP and the Gardiner.

The province of Ontario is currently looking at how High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOT) work on a 16.5 kilometre stretch of the QEW as part of a two to four year pilot project.

Photo by tomms in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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