Ontario's Increased Speed Limit Pilot Finds Wide Public Support
80 Percent of Survey Respondents Favour Raising the Speed Limit
March 12, 2020
Today, the Ontario government announced that its pilot project to increase speed limits to 110km/h on three sections of 400-series highways in Southern Ontario is getting wide support.
"People are telling us loud and clear that they support a safe and moderate increase to speed limits on these highways," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "The increased speed limit pilot is just one way that our government is improving our transportation network -- bringing it in line with other jurisdictions to get people where they need to go when they want to get there."
More than 8,300 people responded to the survey that was launched at the same time as the pilot project in September 2019. The survey results show 80 per cent support for the government's speed limit pilot and an additional 82 per cent support for an increase to speed limits on more sections of 400-series highways.
The two-year pilot project is operational on Highway 402 from London to Sarnia (90 km); Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) from St. Catharines/Lincoln to Hamilton (32 km); and Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to Ontario/Quebec border (102 km).
The Ministry of Transportation is also planning to announce the opening of a fourth pilot location in northern Ontario in late spring 2020.