May 25, 2007
Ontario government outlines future HOV Lane Network
Toronto, Ontario – Ontario’s transportation minister Donna Cansfield has announced the province’s new high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane plan, which will add more of the specially-marked lanes to the province’s highways.
HOV lanes are for use by buses and vehicles carrying more than one occupant, and provide faster travel for users at any time of the day, particularly during peak travel periods. The government plans a network of lanes spanning the Greater Golden Horseshoe for carpoolers and transit users; HOV lanes are already in use on parts of Highways 403 and 404.
Phase 1, which is already underway, will see new HOV lanes on key highway corridors by 2011, including a northbound HOV lane on Highway 404 from Sheppard Avenue to Highway 7 that will open this summer; on the Queen Elizabeth Way between Burlington and Oakville; Highway 400 from Major Mackenzie Road to King Sideroad; and Highway 427 north of Highway 409.
Other phases include extending existing and planned HOV lanes on Highways 400, 403, 404 and the QEW. The order and timing of construction will depend on completion of design, environmental approvals, and changes in traffic, population and employment growth.
The government will also expand the number of parking spaces available for carpoolers and transit users as the HOV network develops. Currently, the ministry operates 50 carpool lots close to highway interchanges in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, with more than 5,000 parking spaces.
The ministry is seeking public comment on the HOV Lane Network Plan. Copies of the plan can be accessed from the Environmental Bill of Rights Web site at EBR.gov.on.ca, at Ontario.ca, or by calling 905-704-2213.