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Port Mann charge takes a toll

The justification for the toll on the Port Mann bridge just doesn’t cut it for those of us who live and work in Surrey. The only time I ever use the bridge is in the evening – usually to visit friends in the Tri-Cities area. I get on to Highway 1 at 152 Street and exit to Lougheed Highway at the other end of the bridge – $3 for three minutes of driving is ridiculous.

There has been no time savings for me as there never was a congestion problem in the evening, even on the old bridge. I can see the rationale for a toll on rush hour commuters (particularly those from outside the Metro Vancouver’s gas tax zone).

I’ve paid on average $30 a month over the last year ($360 for the year, soon to be $720 for this year) and am not receiving any benefit due to the new bridge.

 

David Zindler

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