The Ontario government’s plan to convert the HOV lanes on the QEW to HOT lanes will likely happen this summer.
We’re talking about that 16.5 kilometre stretch from Burlington to Oakville that contains the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane, or Diamond Lane on the left side.
That lane is reserved for vehicles with two or more occupants and for the most part, it’s worked well for those who car pool; not so well for the majority of drivers who sit alone in their vehicles , inching along in rush hour traffic.
Now those HOV lanes will become HOT or High Occupancy Toll lanes.
Apparently, those vehicles with two or more occupants will still use the HOT lanes for free, but lone drivers can now buy an HOT pass that will allow them to use the lanes as well.
It’s not a new idea; it’s been in place in many parts of Europe and the U.S for years now and it seems to work well.
Toll roads are a reality all over the world and we’d better get used to the fact that we’ll see more of them in Canada sooner than later and frankly, I’m OK with that .
Of course, nobody likes to pay a user fee for a ‘free’ highway, but who’s kidding whom ?.. nothing is free.
We need to do something about air quality and traffic congestion and HOT lanes are a good first step .