- Nov 10, 2015
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I love that you unintentionally wrote James slow, Paul. Fairly accurate description of the area past that point...Coming into Toronto during rush hour, from James slow over to the current split near Mavis, the right hand lane clearly moves fastest. Drivers seem to assume that the left lane is always fastest, but that lane is so clogged with cars that it jams up. Driving between two 18-wheelers in the rightmost lane is a bit less pleasant, but they move along much better.
I will be interested to see how traffic patterns change once the express is extended west of Mississauga Road. The volume of cars entering the eastbound 401 at that intersection is practically a full solid lane. The merge between the right lane and the onramp (and the lane changes that many make from the right lane into the middle lane to bypass that little bit of congestion) is what slows down traffic eastbound. That may smooth out nicely when we get the split moved a bit further west.
I typically travel eastbound through here on weekends from Guelph Line in the late afternoon. It is getting so bad with traffic, that I will go across Campbellville Rd, James Snow Pkwy, Derry Rd, 407 west, 403 east, to get back to the 401. Yes this roundabout way actually saves me time, and only costs $3 for the 407.
Agreed with your point on using the right lane through that Milton/Oakville stretch of the 401 though. I can sort of keep a nice even speed. The 2 left lanes I find myself constantly starting and stopping. I have always typically used the right lane in stop and go traffic though just due to the fact you can pretty much coast along. I know once the express/collectors open eastbound in that stretch that things will certainly flow a lot nicer. How it will function in rush hour will remain to be seen. Expect a lot of wacky driving and last second lane changes once it does open though...