Driving on Toronto Gardiner Expressway or Don Valley Parkway is mostly a nightmare. And if that’s not bad enough, you’ll probably have to pay for it soon.
Toronto Mayor John Tory is expected to approve Gardiner and DVP tolls hat will raise around $300 million annually.
He will reportedly make the announcement at a luncheon today.
“For too long, we have been underinvesting in our city, making life harder for everyone. And that can’t go on,” said Tory spokeswoman Amanda Galbraith. “The mayor will be standing up and announcing his plan to give us the money we need to build transit and protect city services.”
Unsurprisingly, Torontonians aren’t too happy about the news.
A Toronto Star poll found readers most agreed with the following tweet (36%) on the matter:
Please no road tolls on the #DVP & #Gardiner @JohnTory … I don’t need any more expenses to commute plus you are building no public transit (@drewinning)
Over 20 per cent, however, supported the tolls. They agreed with the following:
I think this is fantastic. 905ers have been getting a free ride on Toronto highways courtesy 416 taxpayers for a while. (@heyjaymack)
A report last September outlined a few scenarios for how tolls could operate on Toronto highways: between $1.25 and $3.25 for a single trip on one or both roads, with trucks paying double; or a distance-based system with drivers paying between 10 cents and 35 cents per kilometre, again with trucks paying double.
The move comes just a week after the TTC announced it will hike fares for a sixth straight year.