Drivers using the new Highway 407 extension will start paying for it on February 1.
The province announced on Tuesday that tolling infrastructure for new developments on the 407 and 412 is ready to go, and that regular commuters should be prepared to pay a fee to use them soon.
Highway 407, east of Brock Rd. to Harmony Rd. in Oshawa, and the 412, which connects Highway 407 and Highway 401, have been free since they opened this past June.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said money collected from tolls will be directed towards new provincial transit projects.
“Revenue generated from tolls will be used towards Ontario’s transportation infrastructure, which will help ensure that we can deliver critical projects exactly like these for years to come,” he said in a press release.
Tolling invoices will be issued by 407 ETR, and rates on the new extensions are expected to be lower than tolls on Highway 407, with fees 15 per cent lower during off-peak periods, and approximately 30 per cent lower during peak periods.
The province is also assuring skeptics that customers will not be double-billed for transponder leases, monthly account charges, and video toll charges. These fees will be charged only once for use of Highways 407, 412, and/or 407 ETR.
Meanwhile, the final construction phase for Highway 407 is expected to be finished by 2020. It will run from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, while Highway 418 will connect the 407 to Highway 401.