Toronto City Council Approves Tolling Plan

CBC News Toronto reports, “Toronto council has endorsed a plan to put tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, with all the revenue going toward a $33 billion slate of unfunded transit and infrastructure projects. The Ontario government will have to approve the decision, however, before the city can take any steps to implement the revenue tool. After nearly 12 hours of debate that was often polarized and sometimes even loud, the measure was approved by a vote of 32-9.”

Toronto Star reports, “Council has yet to debate how road tolls might be structured — whether there would be a flat fare of $2 or more, distance-based tolls like those on Hwy. 407, or tolls based on peak periods that are designed to reduce congestion. A staff report exploring those options and what type of technology could be used is expected next year.”