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Old July 9th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #2481
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Highway 427: North America's third busiest highway right now



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Old July 10th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #2482
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Old July 10th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #2483
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Highway 427 in Toronto.
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Old July 11th, 2013, 02:20 AM   #2484
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West of Toronto, near the border with mississauga in Etobikoke.
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Old July 13th, 2013, 01:11 AM   #2485
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This is the 400 at Hwy 7 in Vaughan, both north and south:



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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:13 AM   #2486
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Montreal highways

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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:27 AM   #2487
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[QC] Quebec Highways - Québec Autoroutes

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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:11 PM   #2488
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Are there any pics of the repairs/temporary bridges on HWY 1 and 1A between the BC/AB border and Calgary? For those who don't know, there was massive flooding and washouts along those routes earlier this year (as well as much of S. W. AB). To a lesser extent, HWY 3 was also affected in the crows Nest Pass region.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 06:36 PM   #2489
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New express lanes on Highway 401 are about to open

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Old July 22nd, 2013, 06:44 PM   #2490
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They could fit 4 express lanes there. Through capacity at the 401/403/410 interchange is not that great though.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 08:29 PM   #2491
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They could fit 4 express lanes there. Through capacity at the 401/403/410 interchange is not that great though.
From the ultimate designs I saw, express will be 2 general lanes 1 HOV lane.

I don't think the HOV lanes will open until at least one other phase of the project is completed (widening the 401 to a collector-express system through Mississauga), as opening 2KM of HOV lanes won't do much to help traffic issues.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 08:33 PM   #2492
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I think HOV lanes are politically way overrated. Nearly all HOV lanes in the United States are underutilized, many are currently being converted to toll lanes (HOT lanes or express lanes). The bulk of the U.S. HOV lanes carry less than 1,000 vehicles per lane per hour. Carpooling is actually a downward trend, despite the many HOV lanes constructed in the last 20 years. Improved public transport options is the main cause for that. The amount of carpoolers dropped by 266,000 between the 2006 and 2011 Canadian censuses.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 09:55 PM   #2493
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I'd agree, but there are some places where HOV lanes work. I think making them restricted for 24 hours is a little overkill, but it's a lot simpler from the government's point of view.

Around here there can be a lot of public to new highways / highway widening. The government uses HOV lanes to help convince the public to support the projects.

In the long term I'd like to see a light rail line run in the 401 corridor, either in the middle of the highway or to the side to help push more people through the busy artery. There are plans to make one in the 407 corridor as well.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #2494
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Looks like the Bluewater Bridge approach on Highway 402 in Sarnia is finally done:

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Old July 28th, 2013, 06:23 AM   #2495
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Great shots of the 402.

As far as HOV, I think they should really only be for, as an example 6:00 AM to 6:00: PM Monday to Friday. It encourage carpooling and is great for buses which carry many passengers who therefore should get priority and they have rigid schedules to keep.

Have HOV on weekends and late night seems overkill.
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I think HOV lanes are politically way overrated. Nearly all HOV lanes in the United States are underutilized, many are currently being converted to toll lanes (HOT lanes or express lanes). The bulk of the U.S. HOV lanes carry less than 1,000 vehicles per lane per hour. Carpooling is actually a downward trend, despite the many HOV lanes constructed in the last 20 years. Improved public transport options is the main cause for that. The amount of carpoolers dropped by 266,000 between the 2006 and 2011 Canadian censuses.
Where did you find that information? Is that something that is collected by statscan?

I have seen information posted by MTO indicating the traffic level of HOV lanes on both the 403 and 404, and from what I recall peak hour traffic volumes were in the 1300 vph range and growing, which I 'd say is successful.

There have been media reports suggesting that the HOV lane that was just constructed on the 417 in Kanata is underutilized. Unlike the bulk of freeways in the GTA, the 417 has a bus lane on the outerside of the freeway in addition to the HOV lanes.

Basically every new freeway expansion in the GTA includes some sort of provision for HOV lanes. In some cases, the proposals are just dumb. Highway 401 through Hurontario Street is an example of this. The HOV lane begins and ends at the start of the project, which is an arbitrary location in terms of highway design, and in my view doesn't happen to be a wise spot to begin/terminate the lane. A much more logical spot for the HOV lane to begin would be a transfer from the express to collector lanes. Similarly, the HOV lane should end at a transfer from the collector to express. This way, capacity in the general purpose lanes isn't constrained artificially for the sake of a few hundred metres of additional HOV lane.

Same thing will happen to the 401 in Durham Region should the highway get widened during the current governments tenure. The HOV lane will begin/end at either Salem Road in Ajax or Brock Street in Pickering, which again is an arbitrary place to end an HOV lane on a highway. A much more logical place would be the West Durham Connector that will link the 401 and 407 at Lakeridge Road.
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Old August 10th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #2497
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New video through Ottawa, Ontario, taken in June:

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Old August 11th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #2498
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I think HOV lanes are politically way overrated. Nearly all HOV lanes in the United States are underutilized, many are currently being converted to toll lanes (HOT lanes or express lanes). The bulk of the U.S. HOV lanes carry less than 1,000 vehicles per lane per hour. Carpooling is actually a downward trend, despite the many HOV lanes constructed in the last 20 years. Improved public transport options is the main cause for that. The amount of carpoolers dropped by 266,000 between the 2006 and 2011 Canadian censuses.
Toronto's HOV lanes are going to be HOT as well, the bill passed in the spring for it.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #2499
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Banff National Park highway wildlife crossings

I've found this neat video about the wildlife crossings on Trans-Canada Highway within Banff NAtional Park.

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Cool vid and great idea. Not only does it greatly reduce the barrier to wildlife that the TCH creates but saves many lives both human and wildlife due to a great reduction in car/animal accidents.
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