407 East extension

Word is out the province intends to extend the 407 toll highway through Durham Region toward Peterborough, but the new segment will not be owned or operated by the much-reviled ETR consortium.

I can’t say the prospect of a road connecting greenfield to exurbs fills me with joy, but I am delighted it will be tolled. Say what you will about the high price of driving on the 407; those tolls do a pretty good job of keeping the highway moving.

Hopefully all new highways (and there will be new highways) will be tolled roads. Tolls are a good idea not just for discouraging unnecessary traffic, but also make expensive roads financially sustainable.

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