11:30 a.m., June 1)
Blais floats idea to charge out-of- town toll on Hwy.
By Fred Sherwin
Coun. Stephen Blais wants non-residents to pay a toll
for using Hwy. 174. More specifically, he wants the city
to install an electronic toll system at Canaan Road to
charge residents from Clarence-Rockland and points further
east who use the highway to get to and from work every
electronic toll system would work similarly to the system
employed on Hwy. 407 north of Toronro, except there would
only be one monitoring point where commuters would be
charged a flat fee everytime they passed by Canaan Road.
to Blais, a toll could generate an estimated $6.5 million
a year, money that could used to help maintain the highway
and offset the costs currently incurred by Ottawa taxpayers.
the residents of Ottawa are paying a pretty decent amount
of tax to keep 174 in the shape that it is," says
Blais. "The residents of Rockland are paying nothing
yet they get all the benefits to commute to their jobs
downtown and I think they should pay their fair share
to contribute to the upkeep of the road and then we can
use some of that money to improve transit out to Orleans."
surprisingly the idea of paying a toll for using the highway
isn't sitting very well with commuters from Clarence-Rockland
who could end up paying as much as $400 a month if a toll
system was put in place. Most say they would find other
ways to travel into the city to avoid paying the toll.
says he plans to present his motion to city council next
week. If the plan is approved, it would still need to
get the blessing of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
before it is implemented.
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