Toll roads: a cash grab or the solution to what ails our cities?
They may be coming soon to your city. Toronto wants tolls on two highways into the downtown, to ease traffic congestion and fund public transit. What do you think... is it a cash grab or the solution to what ails our cities?
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This week, Toronto's mayor, John Tory, announced it's time to "tame the traffic beast" by introducing tolls on the two biggest highways into the downtown. He's suggesting a $2 fee for every time a driver uses the roads.
It's a flip-flop. Before he was mayor, John Tory mocked tolls, calling them "highway robbery." Now, he says the city needs to raise billions of dollars to pay for transit and road improvements. He figures highway tolls are the best option.
He's not alone. City councils across Canada are mulling over road pricing, whether bridge tolls or tunnel fees or congestion charges.
It's a political risk. Canadians like our free access to endless asphalt. There's only two toll highways in this country. But the rest of the world doesn't shy away from them. Stockholm, Singapore, London, and San Francisco all introduced road pricing to fight gridlock and expand public transit.
Our question: Are toll roads a cash grab or the solution to what ails our cities?
John Tory, Mayor of Toronto
Roger Anderson, Chair of Regional Municipality of Durham
Gord Price, Fellow of the City program at Simon Fraser University. Served five terms as councillor for the city of Vancouver (1986-2002)
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- Tolls proposed for 8 sections of 4 busiest Nova Scotia highways (June 2015)
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- TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY Road tolls: Will they actually reduce congestion?
- Tory's road toll is bold, risky – and should be applauded by Toronto
- Chris Selley: Toll road proposal opens Toronto to strange new universe of paying for what it wants
- Terence Corcoran: Public toll roads are nothing but a tax grab to most of us
- Andrew Coyne: Toll roads the only solution to traffic congestion
- John Moore: The conservative case for toll roads
- Any move to toll roads, bridges would trigger another referendum: Fassbender
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- New report raises idea of tolls to help pay for Alberta road
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The Independent (UK)
- The Big Question: Has the congestion charge been effective in reducing London's traffic? (Feb. 12, 2008)
CD Howe Institute study
- Getting More Buildings for our Bucks: Canadian Infrastructure Policy in 2016
- Congestion Relief: Assessing the Case for Road Tolls in Canada