Two of Christy Clark’s Cabinet ministers have been tasked with reviewing Metro Vancouver’s much-maligned tolling policy.
“We are looking at all of the issues that we need to face in the region. When the Massey project moves ahead and depending on what the funding arrangements are if it becomes a tolled facility, which it is looking like it will be, and we are looking at the Pattullo bridge, which the mayors have indicated they want as a tolled facility.”
Community and Translink minister Peter Fassbender says he and Transportation Minister Todd Stone are reviewing the impacts on the region if and when the Alex Fraser bridge becomes the only free crossing across the Fraser river.
“That does require us to take a look at what is the cause and affect on the other infrastructure. So we are looking at all of those issues. The beauty is that none of these projects will be finished in the next year or two so we have some time to really look at all of the implications.”
Fassbender wouldn’t speculate about what the end result might be, just that they were looking at impacts on the region and what a change might mean.
“Well I think we have to look at it in the context of the affect on the entire region. Minister Stone has said we are looking at that and will be working with the regional government to make sure we are looking at all of the implications. Indeed if a change is required that will come as part of that process.”
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson has joined other Mayors in calling for tolling equity, one low toll for all the region’s bridges, as she worries about the Alex Fraser becoming crushed with traffic if it’s the only free option in the future.
In November of 2013 Transportation minister Todd Stone told the Surrey Board of Trade the tolling situation was unfair for those South of Fraser and needs reviewing.
But it isn’t until now any review has actually happened.