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Toronto mayor to introduce road toll plan for two downtown highways, reports say

John Tory will outline plan to introduce $2 toll for drivers using the Gardiner Expressway or Don Valley Parkway



PHOTO: Floydian, via Wikimedia Commons

The Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway are the two main traffic arteries leading into downtown Toronto. Congestion along both routes is a consistent problem. PHOTO: Floydian, via Wikimedia Commons

TORONTO—The mayor of Canada’s most populous city is set to announce a plan to implement road tolls on two highways, according to several published reports.

They say Toronto Mayor John Tory will make the announcement during a lunch-hour speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, where he will outline measures to charge drivers $2 to use the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.

The measures are expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the cash-strapped city.

The money raised will go toward public transit and road work and other infrastructure projects, according to the reports.

The city’s chief planner says she supports the move to road tolls.

Jennifer Keesmat says on Twitter the time has come to implement user fees on highways in Toronto, which is a common practice in many large American cities.

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