Councillor wants to axe Eglinton HOV lanes
TORONTO- A new debate might be brewing in city council after one councillor has called for the removal of high occupancy vehicle lanes on Eglinton Avenue.
Michelle Berardinetti, a Toronto city councillor, said the lanes are being underutilized and opening them to all would help alleviate traffic.
“That lane is being under used and the essence of the HOV lane is to improve the flow of traffic and that’s not happening,” said the Scarborough southwest councillor.
The province is also studying whether solo drivers should be allowed to pay a toll to drive in the carpool lane, but another councillor doesn’t think that idea will take place.
“The proposal is just a stupid proposal,” said Glenn De Baeremaeker, Toronto city councillor for Scarborough centre. “And I hate to use harsh language but really…”
HOV lanes are currently restricted to buses, taxis and carpools.
A proposal to look into scrapping the lane will be heard by the Public Works Committee on Friday.
-With files from Jackson Proskow