COQUITLAM, BC – Commercial drivers traveling in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia could save up to $4,500 a year beginning September 1, with Premier John Horgan eliminating tolls on Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.
MONTREAL, QC – The Quebec Trucking Association is calling on Transport Minister Laurent Lessard to help block the latest toll increase on Autoroute 30, and has met with elected representatives from throughout the region in a bid to find a long-term solution to skyrocketing prices.
TORONTO, ON – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she believes many taxpayers cannot afford to pay a toll every time they drive on the Don Valley Parkway or Gardiner Expressway so she won’t let the City of Toronto implement the fees.
Toronto Mayor John Tory made headlines when he reversed his stance on tolls. Now it looks like the city is moving ever closer to charges for those who use two major routes into the city – the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. That may just be the beginning. Other municipalities are also looking for funds to support public transit projects, among other things.
TORONTO, ON – With Toronto council endorsing plans to apply tolls to the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway, the Ontario Trucking Association is openly wondering if other municipalities will follow suit.
TORONTO, ON — The following is the full speech Toronto Mayor John Tory presented to the Toronto Board of Trade when making his case for tolls.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations is applauding a federal court ruling against New York State for using the tolls paid by interstate truckers to finance unrelated tourism and recreation projects around the New York Canal System.
METRO VANCOUVER – The B.C. Trucking Association is reaching out to local governments to consider tolls at every major water crossing in Metro Vancouver, so drivers won’t congest alternative routes to avoid tolls.
DIEPPE, NB – While the New Brunswick government increased its HST by 2 per cent when it released its 2016 budget Tuesday, the trucking industry breathed a sigh of relief that highway tolls have been avoided, at least for the moment.
In response, the Atlantic Province Trucking Association (APTA) applauded the New Brunswick Legislature, noting that “consumers can’t afford both an HST hike and highway tolls at once.”
The APTA had previously expressed frustration over the trucking industry failing to be consulted about implementing highway tolls. The Association also warned toll could have serious impacts on the tens of thousands of New Brunswickers in trucking and the some $1.5 billion they contribute each year to the GDP.
“Today’s decision means companies in both our sector and in all sectors in Atlantic Canada can be confident governments will listen to their advice about what works to bring more opportunity to the region,” said APTA executive director Jean-Marc Picard. “We know the province is facing financial challenges, but we also know that tolls would have made the economy less efficient and would have impacted not only the transportation sector but every consumer,” added Picard.
BROSSARD and MONTREAL, QC – One of the busiest bridges in Canada will be free of tolls when a replacement span in built and opened, reversing an earlier decsion.
FREDERICTON, NB — Highway tolls and outsourcing highway maintenance are among two of many choices being considered by the New Brunswick provincial government in a report outlining possible financial moves to eliminate debt.
“The choices presented in this report were brought forward by New Brunswickers through the review process,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for Strategic Program Review. “Not all choices contained in the report will be implemented. these are for consideration and discussion as we near the end of the review process.”
The review was launched in January 2015 with the goal of finding $500 million to $600 million to address the province’s financial situation.
Decisions will be announced as part of the 2016-17 provincial budget.
HAMILTON, ON — A plan by Hamilton Councillor Sam Merulla that the city look at charging a toll to “out-of-town” commercial trucks that use the Red Hill Valley Parkway and Lincoln Alexander Expressway has been rejected.
TORONTO, ON – Three Canadian groups will be taking over a U.S. tollway for nearly the next century under terms of a new deal that’s been signed.
OTTAWA, ON – A new report shows Canadians are increasingly frustrated by traffic congestion in their major cities and want solutions before the situation gets worse and costs them even more time and money, but one answer is getting a lot of heat.
ALBANY, NY, and DETROIT MI. – The owner of the Ambassador Bridge and a company that provides toll management services to truck fleets announced a collaboration to streamline toll service for commercial vehicles using the span to travel between Detroit and Windsor, ON.