The Surrey Board of Trade is welcoming a new bridge to replace the Massey tunnel, as long as it brings new region-wide tolling equity with it.
CEO Anita Huberman says the current tolling policy does not work for those south of the Fraser River.
“There is one bridge that may be tolled a higher amount, there is another bridge that is tolled another amount. The bottom-line reality is that there does need to be a tolling option to fund our infrastructure projects, but there needs to be a coordinated strategy.”
She says if the province fails to make changes and tolls the bridge replacing the tunnel, the free crossings will be a traffic disaster.
“It is going to be crunched with traffic. The free options will be crunched with traffic. I think the reality is that South of the Fraser residents will have to find other ways to live, work, and play if that happens.”
Huberman says Transportation Minister Todd Stone promised to review the policy in addressing the Board of Trade several years ago, but nothing ever materialized.