Daily Commute To Get Easier As Highway 404 Northbound HOV Lane Opens

Toronto, July 23 /CNW/ - The province's newest high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on Highway 404 northbound is now open, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.

"HOV lanes work. Carpoolers and public transit users on the Highway 403 and 404 HOV lanes are saving 14 to 17 minutes per trip compared to their previous travel times," said Cansfield. "People get to where they're going faster, and we improve air quality by getting cars off the road."

The new lane on Highway 404 northbound from Sheppard Avenue to Highway 7 is the fourth HOV lane along the 400-series highways. The first HOV lanes on provincial highways opened in December 2005 on Highway 404 southbound, from Highway 7 to the 401, and on Highway 403 in both directions between Highways 407 and 401.

"Carpoolers tell us that their daily commute is a more pleasant experience thanks to the Highway 404 south HOV lane," said Leslie Walker, CEO, Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce. "They will no doubt enjoy the ease of travel with the addition of the 404 north HOV lane."

The McGuinty government's plan to develop a network of HOV lanes along 400-series highways in the Greater Golden Horseshoe will manage congestion and provide faster, more reliable commute times. Ontario's network of HOV lanes will make it possible to fight congestion.

Since 2003, the McGuinty government has made record investments of $4.9 billion in public transit around the province. Ontario transit investments and an efficient highway system with HOV lanes help manage congestion, improve air quality and make public transit a more convenient commuting option.

To find out more information about HOV lanes, please visit www.ontario.ca/hov.