Ontario has opened the next round of permit applications and renewals for Canada’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which provide another commuter option and help manage congestion.
The HOT lanes are on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions – from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington. Vehicles with two or more occupants, or green licence plates, can travel in the lanes for free, while drivers of single-occupant vehicles can apply to purchase a permit.
Analysis suggests that commuters who normally use the general purpose lanes could save 10 minutes on average during peak times by using the HOT lanes.
Applications to purchase or renew permits valid from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2017 are now open until Aug. 31, 2017. Permit holders wishing to renew who have already renewed twice will have to re-enter the application draw.
Providing more commuting options to improve travel is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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