From sea to sea takes its toll
The Trans-Canada Highway was built to be endless and free.
Highway 1 was never built to have tolls imposed on the public. The Port Mann Bridge toll would put an end to the ‘endless.’ Canada’s free cross-country access from Coast to Coast has ended at the Fraser River in Surrey, not the Pacific Ocean.
There needs to be alternative public transportation, such as the West Coast Express or the concept of Toronto’s GO Train system into/out of the city. Why are residents and businesses commuters from between Vancouver and the Fraser Valley hijacked to pay a toll when there is no public transportation alternative or practical alternative route?
With the residential and commercial growth boom from Surrey to Chilliwack, commuters to and from Vancouver to the Valley need public rapid-rail transit.
The cost of a daily toll will rise, traffic congestion and emissions will increase. Let’s vote for public transit alternatives from the Valley to the city and challenge the rights and freedom of endless access across our amazing province and country.
Susie Brown, Surrey