Feds to withhold tolls on new Champlain for two years

The federal government will collect all tolls on the new Champlain Bridge, for at least two years, until the private construction company completes all work related to the new span and the corridor leading to the bridge.

Transport Canada said from the time the bridge opens in 2018 until the end of the work in 2020, the private partner will not collect any revenue from toll booths, according to La Presse.

The contractor will need to complete work on the Nuns’ Island bridge, as well as widening part of Highway 15.

The paper speculated that if the per vehicle rate is $3 multiplied by the current volume (59.4 million vehicles per year), the government will collect $178 million per year, or $488,000 per day.

Transport Canada said it’s still too early to determine the anticipated usage on the new span.

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  1. joeN posted on 05/08/2014 08:12 AM
    If it's the same team that calculated the future volume of air traffic for Mirabel, these numbers would be grossly overestimated and tolls would need to be doubled to make up the shortfall.
  2. I Speak E F posted on 05/08/2014 09:00 AM
    Tolls, well that's only $1320 a year more (5*4*11*6.00) for the average Guy who uses his car to work. Not calculated but very probable, the price of gas will go up to 1.80 /L, license registration, and parking fees will also outpace inflation,by the time the bridge is built. Also to be considered is that bus fares will also go up, probably 5%. If you ask the question " Should the OQLF be shutdown and the money saved be diverted to reduce toll fees" I'm sure there would be no objection.
  3. George73 posted on 05/08/2014 02:58 PM
    "Transport Canada said it’s still too early to determine the anticipated usage on the new span."

    Presumably they know the usage of the current span. I would hazard a guess the numbers wont be much different.
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