toll plan doomed from the start
By Fred Sherwin
and ill-conceived, poorly thought out plans are rarely
parted. Case in point Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais and
his plan to charge out-of-town commuters a toll for using
he no doubt means well enough in his desire to develop
an alternative source of funding to help pay for the roadway's
ongoing maintenance, the idea of introducing an electronic
toll at Canaan Road is fraught with potential pitfalls,
not the least of which is the hundreds if not thousands
of cars that would search out alternative routes into
Montreal Road, Innes Road and St. Joseph Blvd. would see
huge spikes in traffic. If nothing else it would at least
help businesses along all three routes.
seems to think that his toll idea is supported by a majority
of Orléans residents who are tired of sitting in
traffic every day. I find that hard to believe especially
when those same Orléans residents end up stuck
in traffic on Old Montreal Road, St. Joseph Blvd. and
not to worry, because the idea will never get past council.
And even if it did, the province will never go for it.
reality the plan is little more than a headline grabber
meant to show people that he is trying to fix a problem
without actually fixing it.
of floating a plan that has no chance of going anywhere,
the good folks at City Hall should focus on ideas that
do make sense and can be implemented tomorrow such as
charging out-of-town residents a fee for using our park-and-ride
the past the idea has been dismissed because the big thinkers
at City Hall are convinced that if you charge out-of-town
residents a fee for using the park-and-ride lots they
will stay in their cars rather than use OC Transpo.
they fail to realize is that even if they're charged a
fee the out-of-towners will continue to use the lots in
order to avoid the cost of gas and downtown parking lots.
You don't have to charge a lot, just charge enough.
not as if you couldn't find out the origin of the vehicles
by checking their license plates.
wants to charge out-of-town residents $5 a trip or $400
a month for using Hwy. 174, assuming you charge them for
going home as well as getting to work. Two hundred a month
if you only charge them once.
makes a lot more sense and is much more doable to charge
them $80 a month to use the Trim Road park and ride lot.
You could do the same for every park and ride lot in the
it makes way too much sense, which means it will never
get passed by the folks at City Hall who would much rather
appear to be fixing a problem than actually fix it.
11:30 a.m., June 1)
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