MONTREAL, Que. -- The city of Montreal is pushing to toll the new Champlain Bridge, according to a report in the Montreal Gazette.
The city has presented to Transport Canada its “wish list” for the new crossing, which would include, among other things, a toll booth.
Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum wrote in a letter to Transport Canada that the cost of maintaining the crossing should be shared among users and governments.
“It would be unfair, even in a user-pays model, for drivers to be the only ones paying the bill as the citizens of the metropolitan region (already) contribute to the public treasury through their taxes,” the city said a release.
According to the Gazette, city officials also have expressed that if the new bridge is tolled, than others connected to Montreal Island will also need to be tolled to prevent traffic jams at other crossings. One idea being considered is a “standard toll” for crossing the St. Lawrence.
The Gazette report can be read here.