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Toronto-Area HOV Lanes To Come Down Tuesday Night

08/17/2015 06:01 EDT | Updated 08/17/2016 05:59 EDT
Reviled by some commuters and loved by others, the lanes dedicated to High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) in place across the Greater Toronto Area since late June will come down Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Brought in to ease congestion during the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, 235 kilometres of dedicated lanes were in use on the Queen Elizabeth Way, some 400-series highways, the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.

The lanes were restricted to vehicles with three or more occupants from June 29 to July 27 and with two or more occupants from July 28 until tomorrow, when the lanes will revert back to normal traffic usage.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has hinted the lanes may come back in the form of toll roads that would let motorists without any passengers pay to use HOV lanes.

The lanes were controversial among motorists. A YouTube video posted during the Games shows cars zipping along in the HOV lane, passing vehicles standing still in the normal lanes.

Some complained that drivers without the minimum number of passengers were using the lanes. One driver in July was charged for driving with two mannequins in his vehicle. 

Drivers using the lanes illegally faced fines ranging from $85 up to $110 along with three demerit points.

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