HOT Lanes Not so Hot in LA‏


Change the 407 Act supporters, this cause can really use your support right now. Please go to the Premier’s website and vote this policy idea up. If you have any positive suggestions, please post them there. This could go a long way to nipping this issue in the butt once and for all. Here’s the link http://commonground.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Change-the-407-Act!/13642-25935 Thank-you so much for sharing this and helping decision makers pay attention to this.

 

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This article can be found in May 22nd addition of The Toronto Caribbean. You can download your free copy here  http://caribflyer.com/carib/?wpdmact=process&did=NC5ob3RsaW5r

 

A knee jerk reaction to 30 years of neglect?

 

The Premier has been calling for revenue tools to fund transit and guess who has the privilege and honor of paying this extra tax? Yes you guessed it, people that drive!

The 407ETR’s model to raise tolls to lower traffic volumes on their highway has been controversial.  I have been pointing out for years that there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest it causes traffic elsewhere on other vital arteries.
Now cue “HOT Lanes”.  The Premier of Ontario has proposed changing HOV lanes to HOT lanes to raise revenue.  HOV lanes were to encourage car pooling and take cars off the road and help congestion.  Now they are going to clog up the HOV lanes with single driver vehicles to raise revenue for transit.
This has been done in other place such as Washington and LA.  Washington has lost money on the project so far and LA planners were surprised because they found HOT lanes actually caused more congestion.  Officials in LA hope the toll lanes will ultimately relieve congestion, but admits the 110 is something of a laboratory at the moment. Are the people in Ontario OK with being a science experiment?
HOT lanes are just the tip of the ice berg if those who promote congestion pricing have their way.  So is the goal to improve congestion, raise revenue, create an investment niche or all of the above?
We would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Please write 407etrabuseofpower@hotmail.ca and don’t forget to sign and share the petition to reign in 407ETR http://www.change.org/petitions/premier-kathlynn-wynne-glen-murray-tracy-maccharles-change-the-407act
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