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Tolls on Champlain bridge would just divert Montreal traffic

Radio-Canada reports that a study by Transport Canada suggests that if a $3.00 toll was applied to the new bridge to replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, it would deter one in three drivers and send them to other bridges which are already...


Radio-Canada reports that a study by Transport Canada suggests that if a $3.00 toll was applied to the new bridge to replace the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, it would deter one in three drivers and send them to other bridges which are already busy.

If the toll was raised to $5.60, the study found that two-thirds of the vehicles would simply divert to another bridge to cross the St. Lawrence River.

The Transport Quebec study found that most drivers would divert from the Champlain to the Jacques Cartier Bridge, while other bridges such as the Victoria Bridge would see 1,000-3,000 more vehicles in the morning.

Planning and early work on a bridge to replace the Champlain crossing has begun, with completion expected by 2018. The federal government wants to have tolls to pay for it, but Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre and several provincial MPs are opposed.

To read a CBC article, click here.