More motorists are paying a toll to cross the Golden Ears Bridge.

More tolls flow to TransLink as Golden Ears Bridge use rises

Toll revenue up $5 million but same amount to be spent replacing obsolete tolling equipment

More drivers were willing to pay to cross the Golden Ears Bridge in 2015.

TransLink reported a more than 15 per cent increase in bridge tolls collected there for the first nine months of the year.

The transportation authority is now forecasting it will collect $48.7 million in Golden Ears tolls for all of 2015, up nearly $5.2 million from what it budgeted, and it anticipates further growth of 4.1 per cent in 2016.

The toll was increased in July to $3.10 per crossing for users with the TReO decal ($4.35 for unregistered users) and a similar increase for inflation is expected in 2016.

Meanwhile, the tolling equipment at the Golden Ears is slated for replacement at a cost of $5 million in 2016 even though the bridge is only six and a half years old. TransLink’s capital budget cites “obsolescence and end of service life” for the need to replace the roadside technology and back office systems.

Growth in traffic over the bridge in part reflects an increase in driving in general within Metro Vancouver as well as a rise in vehicles purchased, according to TransLink.

That also helped boost TransLink’s take from its 17-cent-a-litre gas tax – that was up about $8 million or 3.1 per cent in the first nine months of the year.

TransLink is benefitted from lower fuel and power costs and it projects fuel savings will increase in 2016 due to lower diesel prices and increased use of natural gas buses.

TransLink also plans to spend $900,000 in 2016 to study mobility pricing.

The technical research could lead to an assessment of options such as charging tolls at more crossings or per kilometre road use fees.

The province has indicated some form of bridge tolling reform will be necessary if both the Massey Tunnel and Pattullo Bridge replacements end up tolled.

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP looking for missing 17-year-old girl

Police say Rachel Friend was last seen at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, near the 14900-block of 81A Avenue

Three-team trade brings another goalie into Surrey Eagles’ nest

BCHL team ships Chase Stevenson to Trail and acquires blue-liner, goalie

McCallum promises taxes won’t rise in Surrey: ‘That’s set in stone’

Surrey mayor says free parking, a municipal force and other campaign promises won’t mean a tax hike

Surrey council approves free two-hour parking at city hall, around hospital

Although council gave its blessing to offer the free parking Monday (Nov. 19), it was already made free last week

Surrey School District says it needs 7 new schools in next decade

Surrey council endorsed the district’s 2019-20 capital plan on Monday, Nov. 19

White Rock pier light show

Dancing lights highlighted off the water front

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

5 to start your day

Body found in Maple Ridge ID’ed as Hells Angel, Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag gone from Langley classroom and more

Bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during slaughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

B.C.’s Esi Edugyan wins $100K Giller prize for Washington Black

Edugyan won her first Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Most Read