DURHAM REGION — Tolling on Ontario’s new Highway 407 and Highway 412 will begin Feb. 1.
Highway 407, which runs eastward from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, and Highway 412, which connects Highway 407 and Highway 401, opened this past June. Customers were able to travel free of charge while the tolling infrastructure was being installed and calibrated.
Toll rates for Highways 407 and 412 are lower than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province's rates are, on average, approximately 15 per cent lower during off-peak periods, and approximately 30 per cent lower during peak periods, as compared to Highway 407 ETR, indicates a release issued by the province.
Motorists who drive on the privately-operated Highway 407 ETR and Ontario's Highways 407 and 412 will use one transponder and receive one bill.
The revenue that is generated will be used to help fund new infrastructure and transit projects.
The final construction phase of the 407 east extension is currently underway and includes extending the highway from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401. This final section will be built by 2020, with an interim opening from Harmony Road to Taunton Road at Highway 418 by late 2017.