The tolls for the new Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridge leave me wondering if anyone involved with this decision has ever been in a business of selling products.
Why sell something for $3 apiece and move only 10 a month when I can sell something for $1.50 a piece and sell 100 of them a month?
I make way more selling a 100 a month because my money comes back sooner and my purchase price goes down from the volume.
Wal-Mart has become the largest retailer in the world with this type of strategy. Just as that retailer would open more checkout aisles to accommodate the extra volume, keeping HOV lanes in effect while the construction is carried out only adds to the congestion, and pollution.
I believe that eliminating or temporarily ending HOV lanes would not only reduce congestion and pollution, it would also reduce the amount of accidents from the people trying to make it in or out of the HOV as fast as they can.
In the end, we all are going to pay for the shortfalls these tolls are creating, because the contracts signed with the company that runs this is guaranteed a certain amount each year.
Any shortfall will be paid by the very same taxpayer that refuses to pay the high tolls imposed by our government.