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Toronto considers doubling rush-hour fines to combat gridlock

An average trip to and from work in Toronto takes 80 minutes, something the Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants the Harper government to fix with new commitments to cut commute times in Canada's cities.

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Toronto councillors are considering a motion that would more than double rush-hour traffic fines to combat gridlock.

The anti-congestion motion would raise the fine for stopping or parking illegally during rush hour to $150 from $60.

It's part of a plan to tackle gridlock in the downtown core during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

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Rush hour is considered to be weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Council is also considering increasing the fine for blocking a bike lane to $150 from $60.

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