Tolls on the new Port Mann Bridge will start at $1.50 for passenger vehicles when tolling begins this December - 50 per cent less than the originally planned toll rate, according to the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry.
Drivers who register for a free windshield decal and tolling account by Feb. 28, 2013 will be guaranteed the half-price introductory toll rate for the first year. As a further incentive to register, drivers who sign up before Nov. 30, 2012 will receive a $30 credit on their account, equivalent to 20 free trips for passenger vehicles.
Registered users will also be eligible for various discounts and incentives, including a 25-per-cent discount during peak hours for HOV users, resulting in a reduced rate of $1.13. The introductory toll rate, $30 credit and other discounts provide an incentive for drivers to register for a free tolling account.
Construction of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, the un-tolled alternative to the Port Mann Bridge, will also continue through 2013. The Perimeter Road will connect to the Pattullo Bridge by December, and will be complete and connected to the Alex Fraser Bridge and Massey Tunnel by late 2013.
"The new Port Mann Bridge will open in just a few short months, and when it does, drivers will be able to cut their commutes in half," said Transportation Minister Mary Polak.
"The tolling framework recognizes the need for the new bridge to be affordable for families while supporting the obligations of TI Corp."