The 407 ETR is located in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and runs parallel to the first city ring road, the 401, one of North America's most congested highways.
It has 39 interchanges and more than 198 lateral entry or exit accesses, all equipped with electronic vehicle detection devices. Six of the interchanges are rapid transits to other highways. There are 148 overpasses and 76 underpasses in its 67.1 miles.
The innovative toll system of the 407 ETR highway does not require the user to stop at the entry or exit tollbooths. Using a registration number transmission device, it detects the vehicle, calculates the route covered and manages billing. The client automatically receives the invoice at his/her home address, and up to 1.5 million invoices can be handled per month.
Toll charges can be varied freely provided that traffic stays above a certain minimum level. In this way the user pays according to the timesaving provided by the highway.
|Concessionaire||407 ETR Concession Company Limited|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
43,23% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
|Opening date||1997 ( according to sections)|
|Concession start date n||1999|
|Concession end date||2098|
|Purpose||Construction, maintain and enhance|
|Managed investment||€ 3.527,4 B|
|Jobs created||117 positions|
|Length of the highway||108 Km (67.1 miles)|
|Number of lanes||2/4 per direction|
|Payment methods accepted||Transponder or registration number detection|
The 407 ETR Toronto beltway was an important milestone for Cintra because it signified the largest private investment effort ever in a highway, amounting to 2,476 million euros. It also posed the challenge of developing and operating the first ever totally electronic "free flow" toll system in the world.