Ontario has opened the next round of permit applications and renewals for Canada’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, which provide another commuter option and help manage congestion.
The HOT lanes are on 16.5 kilometres of the QEW in both directions, from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington. Vehicles with two or more occupants, or green licence plates, can travel in the lanes for free, while drivers of single-occupant vehicles can apply to purchase a permit “Our goal is to learn from this pilot and build a network of HOV and HOT lanes across the region, hen and where it makes sense to do so,” Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said.
Applications to purchase or renew permits valid from July 1 to Sep. 30, 2017 are now open until May 31, 2017. Permit holders wishing to renew who have already renewed twice will have to re-enter the application draw this time.
The pilot project was first announced in December, 2015. Permits are renewable a maximum of two terms for the pilot period.