Airport Taxi in Toronto May Carry Transponder for Convenience on Highway 407

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  • July 18, 2013


Taking the Ontario Highway 407 can get you to several municipalities outside Toronto, starting from Burlington to the southwest of the airport to just north of Pickering to the east. The highway is one of a kind; it is the first electronically operated barrier-free highway that uses state-of-the-art optics, cameras, and a system of transponders to toll vehicles automatically. There are no toll booths.

You can ask an airport taxi in Toronto to carry an Express Toll Route or ETR transponder if you plan to travel on the 407 ETR to go to places like Burlington and Vaughn. Whether you travel on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or the 407 ETR, you will find many taxis installed with ETR transponders for your convenience. 

What’s So Special?

Don’t bother sticking your hand out in the toll booth just to pay the fee. Most cars that use the 407 ETR are equipped with an ETR transponder the size of the average candy bar. These transponders are attached to the interior of the windshield behind the rear-view mirror. Each one has an individual encrypted identification that is picked up by sensors at highway entry and exit points. It beats slowing down in toll stations and counting change.

If you’re a visitor, traveling in an airport taxi in Toronto on 407 ETR is reliable and fast. There are 42 access points along the 108-km stretch of highway. Some of them are linked to major highway interchanges that go through the dense suburbs of Toronto and other cities.

If you want to save, and still travel on the 407, plan your route ahead of time. You can use the toll calculator tool in the 407 ETR website to help you determine the total cost. From Pearson, there are two major highway access points to the 407: Highways 410 and 427. Four other access points are connected to smaller roads, such as the Airport Road linking Pearson.

The 407 ETR doesn’t require light vehicles, such as airport taxis from Aeroport Taxi & Limousine Service, to carry a transponder, but it saves them from video capture charges. Vehicles that don’t carry a transponder will be captured on camera, and called a video toll charge (VTC) in order to calculate their toll charges. It adds to the overall expense, which makes carrying a transponder more convenient and cost-saving in the long run.