© David Wells, Special to the Journal Pioneer
BORDEN-CARLETON – Strait Crossing Bridge Limited has been given the go-ahead to assess the possibility of self-serve tolls.
Operators are examining the option for the overnight hours, but caution it is nothing more than research at this point.
“We asked for and received the authorization to study this matter,” said Michel Lechasseur, manager of the 12.9 kilometre-long Confederation Bridge that connects P.E.I. with the mainland.
The bridge currently has two automated self-serve tolls, and a toll operator in another booth.
Lechasseur said just like gas stations being self-serve, it’s all about sustainability and being a cost efficient business.
For those who are unsure of the idea, Lechasseur said any decision on switching to automated toll collection overnight will not be made in the immediate future.
“Right now, all we have is the authorization to do the study. Nothing else has been done.”
He also said it may not happen, as the bridge tollbooth workers often act as tourist guides to visitors.
“We need to maintain our services to the public.”
All the details will need to be figured out before a pilot project could begin.
Lechasseur estimated a plan of assessment wouldn’t be ready until August.
Even after the pilot program, it will need to be reviewed before a final decision could be made.