It appears most Torontonians are on board with the latest proposal brought forward by Mayor John Tory.
Last week, in an address to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Tory suggested road tolls for both the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. He told those in attendance 40% of the trips taken on those highways originate outside the city, and if tolls are brought it, 905 motorists would be forced to help the city cover operating and maintenance costs.
The much-needed revenue generated would be used to fund various infrastructure projects, primarily public transit.
According to the latest poll from Mainstreet Research, which was done for the advocacy group Transit Alliance, 70% of city residents approve of the idea. Of those, 52% “strongly approve.”
The poll also asked residents about overall new revenue tools. 65% chose road tools, 13% were in favor of property tax increases, and 6% liked the idea of a Toronto sales tax.