Bridge Tolls

Can someone explain to me why it is so important to have tolls on 2 bridges? I have listened to some of the comments on bridge tolling and it is confusing to me. Why have 2 bridges tolled, but not other bridges or other roads? Other then political reasons I could never understand why the Coquihalla was tolled but not the Sea to Sky, why the Golden Ears and Port Mann are tolled but not the Bennett Bridge in Kelowna. Bridges in Richmond and Vancouver are not tolled. It seems unreasonable to me to allow housing prices to soar out of reach for most people in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam and New Westminster forcing people to move out to Langley, Surrey and places east and then toll them as they come in to work. Wouldn’t it make more sense to build infrastructure such as roads and bridges out of Provincial Revenue (as was done for decades) using a more progressive taxation system, then through the seemingly regressive tax structure of tolls?

Author: Michael Ewen

Husband, Parent, Grandparent, Dog Owner, Public School Teacher, Public School Trustee

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