HOV lane restrictions to drop on Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, the GTA's special HOV traffic lanes that currently require three or more occupants will be open to vehicles carrying two people.

GO bus passengers have enjoyed faster commuters during Pan Am Games

The controversial high-occupancy traffic lanes in place during the Pan Am Games will be open to more drivers in time for Tuesday's commute.

For the past month, the HOV lanes were restricted to vehicles with three people in the vehicle, including the driver.

Starting Tuesday those temporary fast lanes on the QEW, Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway will be open to vehicles with two people in the car.

And while that may be welcome news for drivers, bus passengers on routes that travel on GTA highways might actually notice a slower commute.

GO Transit reports that commuters have been saving as much as 21 minutes on their ride to and from work with GO buses whipping through the HOV lanes.

Melissa Hallman commutes to Union Station from Georgetown every day by GO bus and says the temporary HOV lanes have shortened her commute:

"The other day is the fastest time I ever got out of Toronto," she said. "I got out of Toronto in 20 minutes. It felt pretty good."

When Tuesday's HOV restrictions change to allow vehicles with two occupants, Hallman expects her GO bus will go slower.

The temporary HOV lanes will be pulled down as on Aug. 18, after the Parapan Am Games conclude. 

With files from CBC's Michelle Cheung

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