Expert: Test high occupancy toll lanes during Pan Am Games
Jonathan Hall, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, believes that the lurking traffic problems the TO2015 Pan Am Games will be inventively bring could provide the province the perfect opportunity to test high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on highways.
The government currently plans to create a system of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for games officials, athletes and media.
Vehicles with more than three people in them will be able to use the HOV lanes.
However, Hall states that if the province were to change those lanes to HOT – meaning that drivers with no passengers would pay a toll for use – the province could squeeze more drivers onto the specialized lane, freeing up space on the road and loosening the traffic congestion on the main arteries of the city.
“If Toronto used the Pan Am Games as an opportunity to roll this out, (the city) would be significantly better off for the next 100 years,” Hall insisted.
Hall said HOT lanes quite similar to HOV lanes: a driver with no passengers may use the lanes for a small fee, while carpools and games-certified vehicles would be able to use them for free.
Should Toronto test High Occupancy Toll lanes during the Pan Am Games? Do you think an HOT lane would help traffic flow in the city? Would you pay a small fee to use an HOT lane?