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Confederation Bridge to go electronic

CAPE JOURIMAIN, N.B. -- Confederation Bridge Management has received the go-ahead from Transport Canada to install...


CAPE JOURIMAIN, N.B. — Confederation Bridge Management has received the go-ahead from Transport Canada to install an electronic tolling system at the fixed link.

John Francis, bridge general manager, says the system will be made available to commercial truckers first, by the fall of 2002.

The system being proposed is the same as the one in place at Nova Scotia’s Cobequid Pass, the Saint John Harbour Bridge and the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridges.

Accounts under the new transponder system will not be prepaid as at the other locations. Transponders will be read and associated to a credit card number, which will then be processed. Also, transponders will not be sold on an individual basis, but may be obtained from any of the other current tolling operations.

Francis says the company decided to proceed with the tolling system after learning Ottawa would reimburse half the costs.


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