I'm too cheap to use the 407 often enough to be bothered to get a transponder.
But a couple of the car companies' press fleets have them permanently fitted, and on occasion when my schedule is even more jammed up than usual, I succumb to the temptation.
Wow - that thing is the poster child for lousy highway lane markings.
Lanes are added and subtracted willy-nilly, turning into off-ramps or just disappearing with not a shred of apparent logic.
You might think this would somehow be in response to traffic patterns; my limited experience on the road renders me unqualified to pass judgment thereon.
But people I know who use (or used to use) the road regularly tell me that in rush hours it still comes to a complete stop, seat backs and tray tables in the locked and upright position.
Man, there's nothing like paying extra for the privilege of being in a traffic jam.
What I can report on with some certainty is that lane discipline (which I consider critical to safe, efficient and 'genial' motoring) on this road is even worse, hard as that may be to believe, than on our regular highways.
Which reinforces my belief that poor lane discipline is caused or, at the very least enabled, by improper lane design.
If people don't know what's going to happen to the right lane, they avoid it.
Give them three or four options like the 407 does in spots, and they'll get into any old lane and just stay there regardless of other traffic until they run out of highway or dive off to their exit.
I repeat: The right lane is the driving lane; how can it ever disappear?
If you need an extra lane, 'grow' it to the left.
If you need to drop a lane, cut it from the left.
If you need an exit ramp, grow it to the right.
An on-ramp should merge into the driving lane without fail, but with plenty of length so as to allow safe merges.
How tough can it be?
True, most 407 users know the road and somehow get used to this idiotic illogicality.
But safe driving should not depend on 'local knowledge'.
Following consistent, accepted principles is a key factor in engineering anything.
Why are our highway designers allowed to get away with this?