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Confederation Bridge

Toll rates will increase slightly by 25 cents for passenger vehicles crossing the Confederation Bridge in 2013.

The announcement was made Friday by Strait Crossing Bridge Ltd. after Transport Canada approved 2013 round trip toll rates for traffic using the Confederation Bridge, effective Jan.1.

The toll for passenger cars, trucks and SUVs will increase to $44.50 in 2013, up from $44.25.

The only other increase approved was for cyclists which also went up 25 cents to $8.50 from $8.25.

The cost remains at $7.25 per additional axle for larger vehicles such as transport trucks and buses.

The toll for a motorcycle remains at $17.75, and pedestrians will pay $4.25 per person, which is the same as 2012.

Organizations: Strait Crossing Bridge, Transport Canada

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  • Super Mario
    December 15, 2012 - 18:20

    I love to eat all of your coins!

  • Gerry
    December 15, 2012 - 13:27

    Can we truly expect not to be required to assist in paying to cross the strait via the bridge? How much does the "scheduled" and "seasonal only" ferry cost per run, in comparison? We accept the fact we must shell out money for air travel. Should that be free as well? The convenience of the Confederation Bridge far outweighs the former mode of transpotation from PEI to NB. Progress does not come without an associated cost.

    • answers
      December 17, 2012 - 08:29

      Well I can answer a few of your questions. The Confederation Bridge was built for $1.3 billion using private financing. The agreement sees the federal government pay the old Marine Atlantic ferry subsidy ($55 million/year) for 35 years to Strait Crossing ($1.9 billion) and in 2032 the federal government will own the bridge. Until then, Strait Crossing is allowed to charge tolls to pay for the operation & maintenance and anything left over is profit to its shareholders. Strait Crossing shareholders are mostly large multi-national companies and/or pension plans, etc. And the original cost of the bridge was estimated at $1 billion so it went $300 million over budget - the federal purchase price was based on $1 billion + interest so Strait Crossing has to eat the cost of the extra financing out of their toll revenue. Strait Crossing has about 50 workers and the bridge carries around 1.5 million vehicles a year (open year round)............. Now on the Northumberland Ferries service - it is a privately owned company owned by Maritimers (several Islanders and Nova Scotians) and they employ almost 200 people - about 2/3 from PEI and 1/3 from NS. They buy fuel and parts and other supplies to run both terminals and the 2 ships. They run for 8 months a year and carry almost 400,000 vehicles, so roughly 1/3 the bridge traffic, but..... get this..... they only get a $5 million/year subsidy. So the bridge gets TEN TIMES the amount the ferry gets. Which goes to show you that boats are far, far cheaper to run on water which you don't have to pay for. A fixed crossing is Expensive (with a capital E). And just watch when 2032 rolls around. The federal government of the day will forcibly give the bridge for $1 to the PEI provincial government and then Islanders will be stuck with maintaining it (remember the bridge is only built to last 100 years). So if you think that our roads and health care and education are crappy in PEI now with what limited tax revenue we have, just imagine how much worse they will be when the PEI government has to pay for the fixed link too !

  • bewiidered
    December 15, 2012 - 13:19

    The Bridge is a part of the Trans Canada Highway which was built so Canadians could travel freely from coast to coast. I guess Islanders are not considered Canadians .

    • logical mogical
      December 16, 2012 - 20:01

      If that's the case, then the ferries to Vancouver Island, Newfoundland, as well as Wood Islands PEI to Caribou NS should be free too.

  • Keith Doyle
    December 15, 2012 - 11:25

    I can go from one province to another in this country free but I will pay almost 45.00$ to go from PEI to New Brunswick!!! When will P E. Islanders stop accepting this and ask to be treated like other provinces! Shame! Shame! Shame!

  • back in the day
    December 15, 2012 - 10:49

    Anyone remember when they were building the bridge, and they said that once it was paid off travelling on it would be free? Then they seen how much revenue it was taking in?

  • Dufferdon
    December 15, 2012 - 09:59

    Toll rates are reviewed on an annual basis and are adjusted on January 1 based on the rate of inflation.They are tax exempt.

  • Did you?
    December 15, 2012 - 08:36

    The more Islanders become aware of the impact of the HST, the more we feel trapped and deceived. The HST is a tax bomb. And, like bombs of destruction, they tend to serve the powerful and hurt the common people. This government counts on, and is sustained, by two things: 1) Apathy. 2) Short memories. I'm no better than anyone who is reading this, however I did write both my MLA and Mr. Wes. Did you?

    • HST is good for some . . .
      December 15, 2012 - 10:13

      Like all bombs,they're hit and miss. But how rarely do they fall on those that actually built them in first place.

  • CLARITY
    December 14, 2012 - 20:34

    @HST ME PLEASE, I wouldn't hold your breathe on that HST story breaking ... there is no tax applied or built in to bridge tolls, they're exempt.

  • otto
    December 14, 2012 - 20:20

    enjoy the HST ride, there is much more to come, --- go and look GHIZ in the eye and wish him a happy new year when he holds his tax paid for levee new years day, - he needs to see how many people feel affected by his actions.

  • John Pag
    December 14, 2012 - 19:42

    Unbelievable--when will they have an Islander buy one get on free---buy 5 get on free--buy ten get one free..Never I guess $$$ seems to be the only concern..

  • Jeff
    December 14, 2012 - 18:50

    Wow! It ridiculous that Islanders have to pay so much to leave the province in the first place. It's even more insane that they increase the toll again and again for no reason! There is no reason why they increase it....what a joke!!

    • islander
      December 15, 2012 - 10:03

      No reason? Not even inflation?

  • SURE THING
    December 14, 2012 - 16:46

    I had my doubts when they were telling us in the beginning that the fee to cross the Strait on the Confederation bridge would stay the same, would not be increased. They tell us whatever they want to, and they do whatever they please, we know that.

    • huh
      December 14, 2012 - 17:28

      I don't recall anyone ever saying the fee would never be increased.

  • hst me please
    December 14, 2012 - 16:36

    This is just the cost of living adjustment that Strait Crossing is permitted to charge. The bridge tolls will go from $44.50 on March 31 to $48.50 on April 1 when the HST is implemented. The current bridge toll includes only 5% GST in it so add another 9% ($4.005) for the full 14% HST on April 1. Nobody has broken that story yet !

    • Cost of living adjustment
      December 14, 2012 - 17:20

      What about "the cost of living adjustment" for the poor, those who have 'been impoverished? To be the impoverished means that they have been 'made poor' by the unscrupulous and avaricious.

  • What
    December 14, 2012 - 16:11

    Then will come the HST on top of that. What are they doing. Trying to keep people from coming to the island? Keep people who live here from leaving the island?

    • Grant loves poison yummy
      December 14, 2012 - 23:08

      Yea .25 cents will forever trap Islanders on PEI.

    • Mario
      December 16, 2012 - 01:05

      tolls are tax exempt.