High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes which allow carpooling drivers to continue driving for free, but charge other drivers a toll. As a first step, a 16.5-kilometre pilot project initiative will begin on a section of the QEW between Trafalgar Road in Oakville and Guelph Line in Burlington in summer 2016. Information collected through the pilot will be used to support long-term planning for future HOT lanes, including new, dedicated HOT lanes with electronic tolling on Highway 427, from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road, which will open by 2021.
Ontario will widen Highway 400 from eight to 10 lanes to add a new HOV lane in each direction between Major Mackenzie Drive and King Road.
The 12 km of Highway 410 from Highway 401 to Queen Street in Brampton will be widened from six lanes to 10 lanes by 2018 and will provide HOV lanes.
Through the Northern Highways Program, the province is investing $550 million in northern infrastructure, including new passing lanes and the rehabilitation and replacement of bridges, in addition to a four-lane expansion of Highway 69 south of Sudbury and Highway 11/17 east of Thunder Bay.
A long-time issue of concern among carriers operating in the north, the government will continue to enhance winter highway maintenance, improve awareness for drivers, and verify contractors are meeting ministry maintenance standards. Planned enhancements in 2016-17 include improved road weather information system stations, increased service by contractors through more frequent road patrolling, more reliable equipment, and expansion of the “Track My Plow” website to enable more Ontarians to follow plow services in their communities in real time.