New West mayor says toll-free Port Mann already helping congestion
Tolls on the Port Mann Bridge have only been gone for almost a week and New Westminister’s mayor says congestion on the Pattullo Bridge has already improved.
Jonathan Cote said there are no official numbers yet, but he’s already noticed a shift in traffic.
“I think that definitely reinforces what the city of New Westminster has been saying for a long time: that the previous tolling system was kind of done haphazardly,” he said.
“[Tolls were] kind of redistributing traffic in the region in a way that wasn’t overly equitable and was actually creating congestion points in different parts.”
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Cote said he’ll be anxious to hear from the mobility pricing commission as it undertakes research on a “fairer” approach to pricing transportation.
Meanwhile, TransLink has announced new bus services for Metro Vancouver suburbs.
Changes to fall service include more than 100,000 hours of new bus services, including new routes in Maple Ridge, Morgan Creek, and Clayton Heights.
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By 2019, TransLink will also be introducing four new “B” line routes, including one on Marine Drive in North Vancouver.
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The company will also be testing double-decker buses later this year.
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