Comment 40182

By Tybalt (registered) | Posted April 26, 2010 at 21:08:21

The issue that give me pause about imposing tolls on an intracity expressway like the Linc is the fact that it can drive business outside the city. Our Westdale-area family uses the Linc, on a moderately regular basis (perhaps 3-4 times a month) for particular shopping purposes - to visit Upper James Street, to visit Lime Ridge Mall, or to visit the big Goodness Me! on Upper Gage. Road tolls might well swing that shopping, done in Hamilton and supporting Hamilton businesses, towards Burlington which is just as easily accessed.

Of course, that is not to say that road tolls should not be considered - they definitely should be. But implementation will always be difficult because the first movers are at a significant disadvantage.

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