By Veeno Dewan
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says people who live south of the Fraser River should not be penalized for having to use toll bridges and believes a lower toll of 75 cents to $1 would be more equitable on other bridges.
“Let’s be smart about it,” Watts said at her State of the City Address luncheon Tuesday, at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. “Let’s make sure that it’s fair and equitable across the region; that the people south of the Fraser are not being penalized, because currently they are.”
Watts said tolls should be spread across all the regions bridges. Her remarks come as new bridges such as the new Port Mann Bridge and a projected replacement for the ageing and dangerous Pattullo Bridge will be tolled.
Watts is advocating bridges on the other side of the Fraser should then be tolled too.