Halifax-Dartmouth bridge tolls to rise to $1
By CLARE MELLOR Staff Reporter | UPDATED 1:40 p.m.
Thu, Jan 27 - 12:48 PM
As of April 1, motorists will pay more to cross the two Halifax Harbour bridges.
Those paying cash will shell out $1 per crossing, 25 cents more than they pay now.
Subscribers to MACPASS, an electronic toll collecting system, will see the fare jump from 60 to 80 cents. However, that increase for MACPASS users will be phased in over two equal steps April 1 of this year, and April 2012.
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, which regulates the bridge tolls, released a written decision on the matter Thursday after an application last year by the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission.
The board held a hearing on the matter in November.
The commission has said it requires the fare increase to help pay for significant and expensive construction projects on the bridges coming up in the next few years.
The written decision can be found here
Personally; I support the increase - it's been a while and the bridges do need maintenance, but I suspect you'll see the ridership on Metro Transit increase too - as more people take the bus.