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Road tolls in Toronto? Reactions range from '100% support' to 'worst idea'

Torontonians have mixed reactions to news that Mayor John Tory will push for road tolls on Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway.

Mayor John Tory will announce today that he will push for road tolls on the DVP and Gardiner

News that Mayor John Tory will pursue tolls on Toronto highways has drawn mixed reactionss from the Metro Morning audience.

Toronto Mayor John Tory is expected to announce his support for road tolls in the city today, according to a senior source in his office. 

The charges will apply to drivers on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.

The mayor will spell out his plans in more detail at an afternoon speech at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, the source said. 

Already, the move has prompted strong reaction from Torontonians who shared their views with Metro Morning

Some say it's about time the city adopted a practice that's already the norm in many other major North American cities. 

There appears to be general agreement among those who support the idea that the revenue generated should be put toward funding transit agencies in the city such as TTC or GO Transit. 

Other Torontonians say road tolls are a costly idea and a waste of time.

A road toll of $2 could raise $200 million a year for city coffers, according to the source at city hall. The city has roughly $33 billion in projects that need a source of capital to pay for them.

Among those vouching for road tolls are Coun. John Campbell (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) and the city's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmat.

With files from Metro Morning