The BC NDP government said today it is moving forward with a toll-free replacement for the Massey Tunnel, putting to bed the rejected former BC Liberal government plan to make people pay tolls to cross between Richmond and Delta.
Despite costing commuters $1,500 per year, former Transportation Minister and current leadership hopeful Kevin Falcon still defends introducing tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges in 2012, telling Mike Smyth it was “the right thing to do.” (CKNW, The Mike Smyth Show, May 18, 2021, 9 a.m.)
Even after his departure, Falcon’s legacy of using tolls to pay for river crossing continued. In addition to the Massey Tunnel replacement, the BC Liberals also proposed using tolls to pay for replacement of the Pattullo Bridge.
The BC NDP government has rejected tolls for these and future road, bridge and tunnel infrastructure projects.
Aman Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough:
“I am proud that our government is moving forward with the Massey Tunnel project after listening to commuters and the Metro Vancouver Board who support the toll-free tunnel. We are moving forward with these important projects, but not at the expense of commuters who need to get to and from work each day. Unlike Kevin Falcon and other BC Liberals, we will put the needs of people first.”