Bridge tolls a burden

I have just had a look at my recent TREO bill and find it is over $56 already, and it is not even the end of May.


I have sent the following letter to Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.

I am an 11-year resident of Fort Langley. My husband and I are seniors.  We are retired from our “day jobs” and are on fixed incomes.

I have just had a look at my recent TREO bill and find it is over $56 already, and it is not even the end of May. Maybe it is small change for many, but to us it is a big dent in our disposable income.

We regularly travel to Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge to visit family, and for medical services.  We find these tolls increasingly onerous.

With the recent announcement of the closing of the Pattullo Bridge to most traffic for a year and a half, the future looks even more bleak.  Not only are alternative routes to avoid tolls being shut off, but also the traffic volume will be unpleasant. And we have to pay it — both ways.

We’re just regular folks — senior folks — but if we are finding it difficult to make ends meet, we know we are not the only ones feeling the pinch.

Actually, I think the pinch has broken the skin.

These are difficult times and if there is some way you can ease the expense of bridge travel, it would be appreciated.  I suggest now would be a time when you could reduce the tolls by half. You’ll get an increase in the volume of traffic anyway, and you can look like a hero.

Thanks for all you do for B.C. citizens.

Myrna Pfeifer, Fort Langley

Just Posted

Crash closes 32 Avenue in Aldergrove

Delivery van and small car collide just east of 272 Street

Abbotsford man charged with two child porn offences

Investigation against Jeremy Allen Willms, 42, began in April

Giving is the reason for the season for a young Langley organizer

A homeless giving campaign started three years ago in Vancouver has spread to Langley.

Elves come to Langley post office to manage Santa’s mail

The big man in the red suit has some of his best helpers pitching in.

VIDEO: JRfm’s Holiday Fun Day sets up shop again at Langley Events Centre

Great music accompanies family fun as JRfm raises diapers and donations for Basics for Babies.

Langley uke players put fun twist on Christmas favourites

A Christmas show Saturday is about spreading holiday spirit and raising travel money.

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

Frustrated federal workers rally against Phoenix payroll system at B.C. MP’s office

Some employees out tens of thousands of dollars with ‘no end in sight’

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

No More Shootouts: Strong defence will be Canada’s backbone at world juniors

Head coach doesn’t want a situation where a hot goalie or a lucky bounce can determine a team’s fate

Maple Ridge becomes the mysterious haunt of the X-Files

Stars of sci-fi series show up in Memorial Peace Park

Proposed snowmobiles along Sicamous roads concern RCMP

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with proposed off-road bylaw in the B.C. Interior

Most Read