Are you excited about the new toll highways in Durham Region? Did you think that a public-owned extension of the 407 would be substantially less expensive than the insanely high rates on the privately-owned 407? Think again!
The rates for travelling the new 407 East, 412 and 418 have been released by the Ontario Ministry of Transport.
During peak (rush hour) periods, it will cost you 29 cents per kilometre to travel the new tollways, compared to 44.29-57.63 cents on the existing 407 - they have both peak hours and peak periods with highest rates 7-9am and 4-6pm.
During off-peak (night), the rate will be 19 cents, compared to 24.32 cents on the existing 407. Not much of a savings!
Don't forget to add the camera charge at $4.20 per trip for those without a transponder, as well as a video account fee of $3.90.
Also, there is a $1 light vehicle trip toll charge, applied to every trip on the 407 system and a transponder lease fee of $3.95 per month (24.10/yr).
If you were to commute from Harmony Road to Brock Road in Pickering five days per week, or 20 days per month (20.3 km each way), that would cost you $235.48 per month, just for using the new tollway.
Of course, not many people in north Oshawa would be commuting to Pickering, so add another 23.25 km to get to highway 404, or $24.41 per return trip (488.30 per month), making the commute from Harmony Road to highway 404 a grand total of $855.50 each month in toll charges (not including trip charges, transponder rental, camera fees or taxes)!
Rates for Passenger Vehicles on the new Tollways
|Travel Day||Toll Rate ($/Km)||Time Period|
|0.29||6:00 am – 9:59 am
3:00 pm – 6:59 pm
|0.23||10:00 am – 2:59 pm|
|0.19||7:00 pm – 5:59 am|
|Weekends & Holidays
|0.22||11:00 am – 6:59 pm|
|Weekends & Holidays
|0.19||7:00 pm – 10:59 am|
Those with transponders for the existing 407 will be able to use them on the new tollways, and charges for using these roads without a transponder will be the same as on the 407 - $4.10 per trip.
Here's a link to the full light vehicle rate chart for the 407 - link.
Toll charges are now in effect (started February 1, 2017), according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation news release.
The town of Whitby petitioned the Ontario government to remove tolls from highway 412. The response? Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca indicated that the province has no plans to lift tolls on either the 412 or 418.