Tolls on new Champlain Bridge will be "catastrophic" for traffic
An internet survey by Steer Davies Gleave says tolls on the new Champlain Bridge would be “catastrophic” for traffic and that if introduced 22 % of cars would use other south shore bridges instead.
The federal government says; no tolls, no bridge and that the tolls would encourage drivers to take public transit.
But the survey shows otherwise, it says only 1500 drivers would turn to public transit.
“How the new bridge is going to be funded is still a big question mark,” CJAD traffic expert Rick Leckner said. “But definitely you can’t put tolls on one bridge and not another, it’s all or nothing, and I doubt very much that we’ll be seeing tolls on all bridges in Montreal.”
If the new Champlain Bridge were completely funded by tolls the cost to cross over could reach five to seven dollars.
Provincial and federal governments have been fighting over the financing of the new Champlain Bridge which is expected to be ready in 2021.