Bridge tolls increase 50 cents effective Jan. 1, 2014

Wayne Thibodeau
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The Confederation Bridge

Tolls on the Confederation Bridge are increasing again.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, a round trip toll for a two-axle vehicle or passenger vehicle will be $45. That’s a 50 cent increase.

Each additional axle will now cost $7.50. That’s an increase of 25 cents.

Motorcycle rates increase 25 cents to $18.

There will be no change for pedestrians, which is $4.25, or for cyclists, which remains at $8.50.

CLICK HERE FOR A GRAPHIC DEMONSTRATING TOLL INCREASES SINCE 1997

Strait Crossing Bridge Limited will operate the Confederation Bridge until 2032, after which the bridge will be transferred to the government of Canada.

As part of its operating agreement, the bridge operator is entitled to adjust tolls to inflation every January 1 by an amount “not exceeding three-quarters (75 per cent) of the increase in the Consumer Price Index year over year.”

The government of Canada then reviews those adjustments.

 

Geographic location: Canada

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  • The Observer from Stratford
    December 17, 2013 - 11:15

    @slippy. Why wouldn't you see it coming? Bridge tolls are tied to the Consumer Price Index. Since it inevitably goes up every year, the tolls also go up. once a year. Is that surprising?

    • Joe Blow
      December 17, 2013 - 15:56

      The bridge was $35 when it opened in 1997, which is about $47.50 in today's dollars. When you adjust for inflation the fare is actually getting cheaper.

  • We are fortunate
    December 17, 2013 - 11:02

    To have this bridge! We always paid to leave the Island - the ferries weren't free. For those whining - ask any Newfoundlander/ they would give anything to have our bridge!!

  • Harry J. Smith
    December 17, 2013 - 10:52

    No wonder Duffy doesn't come home often!

    • Peipaul
      December 18, 2013 - 12:02

      Duffy didn't take the bridge. He flew here at taxpayers expense.

    • Peipaul
      December 18, 2013 - 12:03

      Duffy didn't take the bridge. He flew here at taxpayers expense.

  • No votes here
    December 17, 2013 - 10:34

    For everyone leaving this taxed to death island for the last time to gain prosperity in another province, leave the mighty dollar behind.

  • Who owns what responsibility?
    December 17, 2013 - 06:02

    Why is a company like Cavendish Farms and a single mother driving her child to the IWK charged the same rate? Oh wait, the corporation gets a tax break so their actually charged less. It's the small stuff like this that reminds us how we are governed - this is our fault.

    • Actually
      December 17, 2013 - 10:56

      The bridge toll is an allowable deduction for off Island medical expenses. Not sure what point you are trying to make.

    • Dave
      December 17, 2013 - 13:40

      Sounds like he is just another guy who thinks someone else should pay his bills.

  • Seriously Ghiz
    December 16, 2013 - 22:28

    Oh just a pittance extra but also a pittance too much. This Ghiz govt is so totally screwing us to the limit. I say to Myers...get your drawers pulled up..get you house in order...or you will be the cause of PE going down if islanders figure you do not have the muster & vote these Liberal idiots in again. Got it now Myers? Sort your party out now and become a LEADER.

    • huh
      December 17, 2013 - 06:02

      that said, you do know that the bridge and its increase in tolls has nothing to do with Ghiz, right?

    • Oh my
      December 17, 2013 - 10:58

      Any excuse to bash I guess.

  • ISLANDER
    December 16, 2013 - 15:35

    Thank goodness the bridge is left with Strait Crossing Bridge Limited until 2032 even if it does cost us a little more and not with this Gov. or it would not be even safe to cross as they would not have regular check ups on bridge or fix a thing .

  • SLIPPY
    December 16, 2013 - 15:01

    Wow, didn't see that coming. One more reason people don't want to live here.

  • Let us leave for free
    December 16, 2013 - 14:49

    I think it's about time that islanders should stop having to pay to leave our province! Go ahead and charge the tourists and anyone else visiting but I think this bridge has made enough off the people who live here!

    • An Islander
      December 16, 2013 - 18:45

      Give your head a shake, I would love to have free bridge travel as well, but it is a huge piece of infrastructure, once this one is paid for, we will eventually have to build another. Its only good for 100 years +/- which far exceeds the life span of most bridges, will be interesting to see what kind of shape it is in after 50 or so years. Oh we could bring back the ferry service, have you seen what the NFL tolls are? A lot more than what it costs to travel the Confederation Bridge!

    • ferry & bridge user
      December 17, 2013 - 17:50

      You do realize that the Northumberland Ferry route is about twice the distance as the Confederation Bridge? 24 km vs 13 km. Even before the bridge the Borden-Tormentine ferry was always about half the cost of Wood Islands-Caribou. And the reason is the extra distance. I don't mind paying the ferry toll if I'm going to Truro or Halifax or Sydney - it's 100km shorter than the bridge (from Ch'town).