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Tyee Poll: What Do You Think of Toll-Free BC?

The B.C. government is getting rid of tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges starting Sept. 1.

Premier John Horgan made the announcement Aug. 25, calling the tolls “unfair” to those who live in certain parts of Metro Vancouver.

The decision will save commuters about $1,500 a year and three times that for commercial drivers.

But the Port Mann Bridge, which opened in 2012, was already hurting B.C.’s books. The debt of the bridge, which cost $3.3 billion to build, is expected to be $4.2 billion this fiscal year. This will be transferred to the province’s taxpayer supported debt, with an additional $135 million a year over the next few years to cover the loss of tolling revenue.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver called the decision “reckless.” Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, who is also the chair of Metro Vancouver’s board, worries whether the decision will shift transit users back to their cars and increase traffic.

We’d like to know what you think. Are you happy we can boast about toll-free bridges for drivers? Or are you worried the cost will be too high?

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