Pattullo, Port Mann tolls should be flipped

Coquitlam – The Editor, Re: “Dialogue deadlock,” the Now, April 10. Coun. Barbara Steele said her constituents would be outraged if an upgraded Pattullo Bridge was tolled.

Many of Steele’s constituents are paying an excessively high toll for the replacement Port Mann Bridge and its 32 kilometres of highway.

Surrey’s mayor recommends a more equitable approach, supporting a more dispersed tolling strategy.

Nevertheless, if any bridges are to be tolled, the Pattullo and Port Mann should be reversed.

Tolls on a future six-lane Pattullo Bridge will help reduce Pattullo congestion while managing New Westminster traffic. The soon-to-be-10-lane Port Mann Bridge can handle the increased traffic.

John Vertram,

Coquitlam