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Ontario to unveil HOT lane details Monday

Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Ontario government will announce details Monday of its plans to establish high-occupancy toll lanes on GTA highways.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca chose a lighthearted way to promote the announcement, which has sparked some controversy and criticism from opposition parties at Queen’s Park.

The province first confirmed its intention to implement HOT lanes in November, but didn’t divulge the locations or costs involved.

Del Duca will discuss those details at a press conference scheduled for 9:30 Monday morning.

The HOT lanes would allow motorists travelling alone to drive in the existing high-occupancy vehicle lanes, which are meant to encourage carpooling by restricting use to vehicles carrying multiple people.

READ MORE: Majority disapprove of turning HOV lanes into toll lanes: poll

Del Duca has said the province won’t remove any general-purpose lanes to create the HOTs.

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Both the provincial NDP and Progressive Conservatives have already denounced the plan to create HOT lanes. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has dubbed them “Lexus lanes,” saying that they’re a perk only aimed at wealthier drivers.

WATCH ABOVE: The Morning Show team discusses the proposed lanes.

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