Sea-to-Sky Hwy. won’t be tolled: Minister

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — A revamped Sea-to-Sky Highway will not be tolled, promises B.C. Transportation Minister, Judith Reid.

In following with her recently released guidelines for toll highways, Reid says the Sea-to-Sky Hwy. does not qualify for tolling because there is no reasonable alternative route.

Therefore, the $600-million project will be paid for by all taxpayers and not just road users.

The new tolling policy, however, doesn’t apply to roads or bridges controlled by TransLink. The regional transit authority still plans to charge a $2 or $3 toll on a new Fraser River Crossing once it’s built.

TransLink chairman, Doug McCallum, says he agrees in principle with most of the province’s tolling policy. However, he doesn’t agree with the provision that reads “tolls will be used to generate revenue for transportation projects and provide a return on the investment of the private-sector partners.”

McCallum feels that tolls raised at any given bridge or highway should be re-invested only in that particular bridge or highway.

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