Port Mann Bridge Tolls
Surrey B.C. Citizens & leads to petition campaign
PETITION FORM - for Individual or Family . PDF Format
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Petition Count (period ending January 02, 2016) = 1097
addressed to the Attention of Stephanie Cadieux, Liberal MLA, Cloverdale-Surrey or Rich Coleman, Liberal MLA, Langley
February 2016 News Update : B.C. Provincial 2015-2016 Budget Report figures are quoted by CTV News as $86 million loss, on the Port Mann Bridge crossing the Fraser River. 2016-2017 @ $102 million loss. 2017-2018 @ $106 million loss. 2018-2019 @ $101 million loss. Total of $395 million loss, excluding losses in 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.
Citizens Against Port Mann Bridge and
Golden Ears Bridge Tolls
This website is designed to emphasize a new Petition Campaign in Surrey British Columbia which advocates the removal of bridge tolls in B.C. by an alternative system called Universal License Plate Fee Increase. Basically, it means that all vehicles registered with the Insurance Corporation of B.C. to purchase auto-plan insurance and pay a license fee would contribute to paying an additional fee for bridge, highway, and tunnel infra-structures. This proposal is fair on all drivers licensed in this province because the added annual charge begins from $24.00 to $40.00 for small cars and light weight trucks, or less than 11 cents / day.
We are taxpayers in the province of B.C. who must pay bridge tolls to cross
the new Port Mann Bridge daily in both directions which was opened in 2013 .
Design for high traffic and commercial vehicles the bridge is elaborately and
architecturally designed at a enormous cost. Also, it is the longest bridge in this province. Fees increased from $1.50 to $3.00
each way, an increase of 100% and more for commercial vehicles. That equates to
$30.00 per week or $120.00 per month plus for full time workers. A 12
month period with a 22-day work month costs an individual $1,584.00 + fuel
+ insurance + license + maintenance & repairs. For example,
Cost1 = $1584 + 2600 + 1500 + 450 = $6134.00 for return between Vancouver & Langley via Port Mann Bridge / 1-year.
Cost5 = 5 x $6134.00 = $30,670.00 / 5-year.
Cost10 = 10 x $6134.000 = $61,340.00 / 10-year.
The previously built Port Mann Bridge which was toll free was dismantled to this day instead of a much older bridge named the Patullo Bridge located further down the Fraser River at New Westminster. The new Port Mann Bridge structure has a relatively tight curve at the south end and single towers supporting traversing cables which experienced ice built-up last winter and which created ice falling problems. There were at least 3 major construction problems causing unnecessary delays. And, numerous accidents on the Highway Improvement Project have claimed a number of human lives since the start.
As local residents we bear most of the cost while other communities have bridges with no tolls. This is like "Taxation without any Representation". Hence, some of the early traffic volume has migrated to those other bridges.
Some recent changes to highway construction have created free, no tolls for commercial vehicles like the Coquihalla Highway, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and lastly the South Fraser Perimeter Highway. The north end of 176th Street, or Highway 15, connected to the South Fraser Perimeter by December 2013. Thus it permits long haul tractor trailers and dump trucks to access the toll-free Patullo Bridge which has concrete pieces falling from the old underside supports. Residents near the McBride Boulevard are upset with the massive traffic congestions daily, because all of the bridge lanes are too narrow for tractors with container trailers and dump trucks with pup trailers.
Surrey residents are burdened by this added living expense which reduces our standard of living in one of the most prosperous provinces of Canada. The majority of elected MLA are indifferent to the crisis and fail to admit logistic failures. Many local citizens did not know that the tolls were forthcoming because the Port Mann Bridge is a major part of the Canada Highway #1 which stretches across Canada. It was previously named the Trans Canada Highway and was "free". Also, some BC residents who live in Burnaby may work in Surrey.
Commercial trucks, motor cycles, and buses are equal highway users also. In
the past and present, many highway accidents involve this class of motor
vehicle which caused long delays and lineup on tunnels, bridges and freeways
during construction work. Emergency pull-over lanes and rest areas are scarce
causing some drivers to exceed the posted speed limits, thereby saving 30
minutes of driving time.
(Separate license rates are listed with ICBC).
Traffic Volume Trends including
additional new vehicle purchases.
Table A :
Illustration of a 3+ year duration . Vehicle registration from 1 million to 3 million. Potential Annual cash receipts from $40 million upto $120 million in Yr3 and even more later. Statistics Canada recorded 3 million vehicles registered in B.C. .
|Beginning||Fee Increase||Count||Extra Income|
|YEAR 1||$40.00||1,000,000||$ 40,000,000.00|
|YEAR 2||$40.00||2,000,000||$ 80,000,000.00|
|YEAR 3||$40.00||3,000,000||$ 120,000,000.00|
|YEAR 4||$40.00||4,000,000||$ 160,000,000.00|
|YEAR 5||$40.00||5,000,000||$ 200,000,000.00|
|YEAR 6+||$40.00||6,000,000||$ 240,000,000.00|
For cars and light vehicles, approximate 6 year projected
estimate total = $ ( 40+80+120+160+200+240)
million = $840. million.
Included are fleet, rental, and clubs vehicles; also multiple family units.
Table B :
Illustration of a 6+ year duration. Truck and Trailer registration from 1,000 to 6,000. Potential Annual cash receipt increase in Yr6 or later.
|Year||License Plate||Pup Trailer||and Trailer||Number||Annual|
|YEAR 1||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||1,000||$ 140,000.00|
|YEAR 2||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||2,000||$ 280,000.00|
|YEAR 3||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||3,000||$ 420,000.00|
|YEAR 4||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||4,000||$ 560,000.00|
|YEAR 5||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||5,000||$ 700,000.00|
|YEAR 6+||$80.00||$60.00||$140.00||6,000||$ 840,000.00|
For tractor trucks or dump trucks with trailers,
approximate 6 year project total estimate total =
$(140+280+420+560+700+840) thousand = $2, 940 thousand = $2.940 million
Illustrative Comparison of actual Revenues from Transportation Investment Corporation and Translink versus proposed Annual Receipt of the Universal License Plate Fee Increase - subject to public announcements of governing bodies for Yr1 to Yr3.
In 2014, recent public financial reports from the Transportation Investment Corporation and Translinks both indicated that the expected revenue returns have not been achieved due to reduced vehicle crossings. This trend is expect to be repeated in next annual report.
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Special Acknowledgements to
Langley Times, Surrey Now, Cloverdale Reporter, CKNW Radio Station Program "The World Today", News 1130 Radio Station, Imperial Printing, Paramount Computers Ltd., and ICBC.
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