Fraser Valley commuters should prepare for increased toll rates on the Golden Ears Bridge.
Translink says tolls will rise 1.5% as of July 15th to match the rate of inflation, bringing the average pay as you go fare from $4.25, to $4.30 per trip.
Pitt Meadows mayor Deb Walters says all Lower Mainland bridges should be tolled, but at a lower rate.
“I think the idea is we want to encourage people to use it, and by raising the tolls, it just forces people to look for alternate routes.”
Walters says the ever increasing toll is bad news for commuters.
“I would think that they should be looking at other ways for sure, this is just this year, and then next year, it’s a compounded charge that our riders are going to have to pay.”
Walters says Fraser Valley residents unfairly bear the brunt of costs for tolled crossings.
“People move out here because its a little more affordable to live, however transportation to get into work is very expensive, whether its the West Coast Express, whether its tolls on a bridge, and you know we are all part of a region, and we all pay in to it, and I think that was one of the things that the mayors vision saw when we put together the entire plan, is that we have to make it fair for the entire region.”
The bridge isn’t a money maker, with a shortfall of 35 to 40 million dollars a year.