407 ETR Celebrates Highway's 10th Anniversary - And Sets New One-Day Traffic Record



    TORONTO, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - 407 ETR celebrated the 10th anniversary of its
first ever tolled trip by announcing that it recently set a new, one-day
traffic record.
    On Friday, October 5, a record 445,822 trips were taken on 407 ETR by
those wanting to avoid congestion and jump start their holiday weekend. This
beat the previous record of 434,670 trips set on June 22, 2007.
    "For 10 years now, 407 ETR has provided a fast, safe and reliable way for
drivers to get around the GTA," said Antonio de Santiago, President and CEO of
407 ETR. "Setting a new one-day traffic record is a great way to celebrate our
10th anniversary."
    The first day of tolling on Highway 407 ETR was October 14, 1997 when the
highway was only 36 kilometres long, stretching from Highway 410 to
Highway 404. By 1999, the highway was lengthened to 68 kilometres and
privatized. During the past eight years, 407 ETR has spent over $800 million
to lengthen the highway by 40 kilometres and to widen busy sections to improve
traffic flow.
    "Thanks to all of our customers, employees and business partners for
helping us reach this 10-year milestone," said de Santiago. "Our ongoing
commitment to delivering outstanding service - both on and off the highway -
has made 407 ETR one of the best-built, safest, best-patrolled and
best-maintained highways in North America."
    407 ETR has experienced a significant increase in traffic and many
improvements in its customer service since 1997. Currently, 407 ETR has:

    
    -  Over 500 employees headquartered in Woodbridge
    -  407,000 trips on an average workday
    -  Over 830,000 transponders in circulation
    -  An average telephone waiting time of 30 seconds
    -  A Roadside Assistance Patrol which helps over 700 motorists each year
    

    As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, 407 ETR is offering tours
of its Operations Centre to the public. Interested persons must register in
advance to tour 407 ETR's head office at 6300 Steeles Avenue West in
Woodbridge. Tours are conducted once daily throughout the month of October,
except Sundays. For details and to register, visit www.407etr.com.

    407 ETR Concession Company Limited ("407 ETR") is the operator and
manager of Highway 407, which extends 108 kilometres east-west, just north of
Toronto. 407 International Inc., the sole shareholder of 407 ETR, is owned by
a consortium comprised of Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de
Transporte, Macquarie Infrastructure Group and SNC-Lavalin.





For further information:

For further information: Dale Albers, Manager, Public Relations, 407
ETR, Tel: (416) 561-5732


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