Some residents of New Westminster are in favour of a new tolled four lane Patullo Bridge.
President of the West End Residents Association, Gavin McLeod, says the city needs a new bridge to deal with increased traffic and to address safety concerns, but he supports small tolls on all Lower Mainland bridges.
He says, “I’m kind of surprised that it wasn’t at least a topic of discussion with the Mayors, I think a lot of people would be in favour of minimum tolling on all bridges that would probably raise a whole lot of money.”
New Westminster city councillor Jaimie McEvoy says he’d like to see a more modest toll than the Port Mann Bridge, “Generating revenue through road pricing and tolls, I think when people really think about it, I think most people will support it.”
The proposal was one of dozens made by Metro Vancouver mayors to upgrade transportation in the region over 30 years, at a cost of $7.5 billion.