Letters to the Editor

Frustration builds for bridge users

Letter writers call for government accountability over the one-year-old Port Mann Bridge in North Surrey.  - Stuart McCall/TI Corp photo
Letter writers call for government accountability over the one-year-old Port Mann Bridge in North Surrey.
— image credit: Stuart McCall/TI Corp photo

Editor:

The justification for the toll and upcoming increased toll on the Port Mann Bridge just doesn’t cut it for those of us who live and work in Surrey.

The only time I ever use the bridge is in the evening – usually to visit friends in the Tri-Cities area. I get onto Highway 1 at 152 Street and exit to Lougheed Highway at the other end of the bridge – $3 for three minutes of driving is ridiculous.

There has been no time-savings for me, as there never was a congestion problem in the evening even on the old bridge.

I can see the rationale for a toll on rush-hour commuters – particularly those from outside the Metro Vancouver gas-tax zone.

I’ve paid on average $30/month over the last year – $360 for the year, soon to be $720 for next year – and am not receiving any benefit due to the new bridge.

David Zindler, Surrey

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Local and provincial leaders should be ashamed that one year after the new Port Mann Bridge opened, Surrey residents don’t have access to any type of public transportation to cross it.

If they want to cross it they have to drive to Langley from where they can take a bus. This is pure discrimination against Surrey.

This is an outrage and the people in charge at TransLink, City of Surrey and Ministry of Transportation who mismanaged this should be fired for gross incompetence.

I am calling on all levels of government to cut the excuses, roll up their sleeves and get working on this.

Waiting years for critical improvements is not the way to do business in B.C.

Public transit helps the people most in need like students and the elderly who cannot afford a car or the exorbitant toll crossing.

I challenge the powers that be to answer me and the people of Surrey what exactly is being done to get a bus from Surrey over the Port Mann. Enough is enough.

The citizens of Surrey demand more accountability from their government.

Daniel Badragan, Surrey

 

 

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