Confederation Bridge tolls going up in January

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Confederation Bridge

While a P.E.I. senator continues to push for Islanders to get a free pass across the fixed link, Confederation Bridge is heading in the other direction.

Confederation Bridge announced Monday that new tolls will go into effect Jan. 1.

Some tolls are unchanged, and others are going up by 25 cents or 50 cents.

The toll for two-axle vehicles will jump by 50 cents to $46 while motorcyclists will pay $18.50, up 25 cents.

The toll for two-axle vehicles was $35 when the bridge opened in 1997.

A contract with the federal government dictates allowable increases to tolls on the bridge.

"It's an inflation adjustment...it's basically to keep up,'' said Confederation Bridge GM Michel Le Chasseur.

"We do have to maintain (and) operate the bridge...this costs money.''

Island Senator Percy Downe is urging P.E.I.'s MLAs to pass a resolution during the next sitting of the legislature in support of his efforts to fight against Islanders paying tolls when crossing the Confederation Bridge to the mainland.

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Downe recently took issue with the federal government that is living up to its election promise and will not charge tolls on Champlain Bridge in Montreal.

The bridge will be built with public money and cost roughly four times what it cost to complete Confederation Bridge.

Le Chasseur defends the toll against Islanders and dismisses Downe's argument that tolls are not going to be charged to cross the Champlain Bridge as comparing apples with oranges.

He says there have never been tolls to cross the old Champlain Bridge, but Islanders and others had to pay to cross the Northumberland Strait by ferry before the Confederation Bridge opened.

"It tells you that the situation is different here,'' says Le Chasseur.

"We are replacing a ferry (service) that had a toll.''

After reading this story, Downe called The Guardian to say that tolls were charged on Champlain Bridge until 1990.

Le Chasseur adds that if the toll was scrapped for Islanders crossing the Confederation Bridge, than there would be talk of taking the ferry for free as well.

"If you ask every Islander, they would say I prefer not to pay,'' he says.

Le Chasseur adds that any push to see the toll waived for Islanders must be directed to Ottawa.

"The question goes to the federal government and not us,'' he says.

"We are under contract with the federal government to operate the bridge.''

 

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  • Fed up
    December 22, 2015 - 13:31

    Inflation adjustment?!? Fed govt says NO INCREASE in old age pensions due to NO INFLATION.... Strait Crossing people must be billionaires by now! Cars and trucks streaming across 24/7 passing our money to some company in Quebec!

  • Malpeque Mariner
    December 22, 2015 - 10:07

    Typical, We are and always will be treated as second class citizens but have to pay more for everything. Does this sound fair?

  • Just Wondering
    December 21, 2015 - 17:22

    OK Guardian Survey.....put this question on one of your surveys: How often do you use the Confederation Bridge? __ ONCE DAILY __ TWICE DAILY __ ONCE-A-WEEK __ ONCE-A-MONTH __ ONCE-IN-A-WHILE __ ONCE-A-YEAR __ NEVER

  • Joe Doe
    December 21, 2015 - 15:30

    GOOD WORK PERCY.

  • jacinta
    December 21, 2015 - 15:29

    Bah hum bug!

  • Big D
    December 21, 2015 - 12:26

    Let me predict the future: 2017 $46.50, 2018 $47, 2019 $47.50, 2020 $48, 2021 $48.50, 2022 $49, 2023 $49.50 and 2024 we hit the bit $50. But at some point soon my guess is 50 cents will have less and less value since it's a smaller percentage of the overall price so I'd say at some point it will increase in increments of $1.

  • laurent Beaulieu
    December 21, 2015 - 12:12

    Inflation that is the reason for the increase. The bridge is a good service and useful, we have to pay for it like the Brits and French pay for the Chunnel across the English Channel.

  • Old Islander
    December 21, 2015 - 11:20

    Plus, the Bridge in Montreal is free. Are we second class citizens of Canada???

  • TRANSLATION
    December 21, 2015 - 10:47

    I missed something in the translation. In PEI bridge toll means 46 dollars after 01 Jan. In Quebec the translation for bride toll means FREE. When crossing the bridge please put your hands up when paying the toll. If you are getting robbed you might as well show it.

  • Sid Davidson
    December 21, 2015 - 10:43

    PEI residents shroud cross at no cost or receive a big discount.

  • Mark
    December 21, 2015 - 10:00

    Of course they are!!!! If there is one New Year's resolution that people stick with, it's paying more for the bridge. Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!

  • Billy
    December 21, 2015 - 09:27

    Every year increases happen! Where are our provincially elected MPs and MLAs on this. They should all be speaking for Islanders and have tolls reversed or eliminated, at least for island residents.

  • squirrel
    December 21, 2015 - 09:23

    What happened to the idea of a flat rate for both Ferry & Link made in 1997 ??? Its been a Christmas Gift every year since pay more, pay more !!!