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Is removing trucking tolls on Highway 407 a better traffic congestion solution than Highway 413?

“I’ve been pushing it ever since because it just makes so much financial and environmental sense. It’s just such a common sense solution,” said Schreiner.

Published Mar 29, 2024 at 10:00am

By
Rose Danen
Is removing trucking tolls on Highway 407 a better traffic congestion solution than Highway 413?
Ontario Premier Doug Ford makes an announcement about building transit and highways in Bowmanville, Ont., Friday, May 6, 2022. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press)

The Ontario NDP moved a motion at the beginning of March to remove the tolls on Highway 407 for transport trucks, saying it would shorten commute times in the GTHA.

But behind this motion is also a years-long push from advocates and a recent research study that suggests removing tolls for truckers on Highway 407 is a cheaper, more effective, and more environmentally conscious alternative to the proposed Highway 413.

Removing 407 tolls for truckers was first proposed as an alternative traffic congestion solution to building Highway 413 by Transport Action Ontario in 2020. Increased interest in this idea by the trucking sector led to the TAO conducting a cost analysis in 2021 that suggested subsidizing truck tolls would cost less than half of what it would cost to construct and maintain Highway 413.

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