TORONTO – Effective February 1, 2020, 407 ETR is aligning its pricing structure with seasonal traffic patterns. This means that drivers will pay less per kilometre in the spring and winter when traffic is lower compared to the summer when the highway is busiest.
Other charges will be held at 2019 rates.
Seasonal tolling will help ensure Highway 407 ETR remains congestion-free throughout the year.
Seasonal periods are defined as follows:
Spring: February 1, 2020-April 30, 2020
Summer: May 1, 2020-October 31, 2020
Winter: November 1, 2020-January 31, 2021
Over the last 20 years, traffic has steadily increased on Highway 407 ETR. In response, the company has added lanes to keep ahead of demand and expects to add approximately 30 kilometres of new lanes in 2020. Virtually half the highway was built after privatization (without the use of any taxpayer dollars).
“We recognize that there is not an unlimited ability to add lanes, and at the same time our customers want their driving experience to remain excellent,” said CEO Andre Sacristan.
“We are determined to meet their expectations by managing increased traffic levels on the highway while still providing congestion-free travel.”
Summer traffic has been increasing and is up to 25 percent busier than spring and winter. In June 2019, a new one-day record was set for number of trips on the highway.
By the end of summer 2020, almost 90 percent of the highway will be at its maximum number of lanes.
Tolls pay all of the costs of operating the highway including adding lanes and maintenance; 24/7 highway monitoring and roadside assistance to over 3,000 drivers each year; policing and Ontario Ministry of Transportation heavy vehicle inspections.