VANCOUVER, B.C. — TransLink is contemplating a staff recommendation to impose a toll of $2.50 to $3 on a new Fraser River crossing linking Langley and Maple Ridge along the 200th St. corridor.
The bridge is the favored option, winning support over a tunnel and a bridge linked to Barnston Island, and a bridge directing traffic down 192nd St.
So far, reports indicate the Langley-Maple Ridge bridge would be the most cost-effective option, costing about $600 million. By imposing tolls of $2.50-$3, planners say the bridge can be paid for in 40 years.
That’s assuming TransLink would no longer fund the Albion Ferry that’s now used to shuttle vehicles and passengers across the Fraser River. Currently, TransLink shells out about $4.7 million per year on that ferry route, which may be stopped altogether once the bridge comes to fruition.
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