Surrey’s mayor says dueling BC Liberal and NDP pledges to reduce or scrap bridge tolls may be good news for commuters, but leave a lot of questions for politicians.
The Liberals say they’ll cap tolls on the Port Mann, Golden Ears, and future Massey bridge at $500 a year, while the NDP says it will eliminate them completely.
Linda Hepner says the proposals could have big ramifications for local planning.
“This announcement has a lot of questions attached to it that we will need answers for, we don’t, for instance, know what the implications are.”
Among those concerns: the business plan for the upcoming Pattullo Bridge replacement, leaving questions about how it will be funded.
“We’re assuming that mobility pricing or some sort of costing would be necessary to fund the bridge, so it’ll be an ongoing conversation of how now do you pay for some of the other elements in the ten-year Vision.”
She adds it could throw a monkey wrench in the region’s mayors’ plans for widespread road pricing.
“What I’ve been talking about for the last year or so has been parity in the region and I think that’s what our mobility pricing committee and ultimately commission was going to look at, is what does parity look like.”
Hepner says both parties have been asked how they plan to deal with the growing congestion in Metro Vancouver.