Port Mann Bridge tolls go up on August 15

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Drivers who use the Port Mann Bridge will soon see an increase in the toll for each crossing.

Tolls will increase by 15 cents, making a total of $3.15 per crossing, calculated through the all-electronic toll service TReO. The increase will be in effect starting Aug. 15, 2015.

The Surrey-Coquitlam crossing will now cost users $44 a week, if the individual crosses twice per day.

A statement made by Irene Kerr, CEO of the Transportation Investment Corporation (TIC), explained that rates need to increase from time to time to keep up with the operation and maintenance, and ultimately to pay off the existing debt of building the bridge.

“TI Corp isn’t increasing tolls to create a profit. Any increases are limited to the amount necessary to keep up with costs and meet its obligations to pay for the project,” reads a statement.

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) drivers will to continue to receive a 25 per cent discount during peak hours, and truck drivers will receive a 50 per cent discount when crossing between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The last time tolls changed was December 2013, when the half-price introductory rate expired.

The bridge sees an approximate 100,000 crossings a day.

The rates are listed below:

  • Motorcycles – $1.60
  • Small vehicles – $3.15
  • Medium vehicles – $6.30
  • Large vehicles – $9.45

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