Drivers using the Golden Ears Bridge to cross the Fraser River will be shelling out a little more for each trip starting July 15.
TransLink has announced that tolls will go up by five to 20 cents, depending on the type of vehicle and the type of payment method.
The tolls are going up to cover a 1.9 per cent increase in the Consumer Price Index, according to TransLink.
Usage of the bridge, which has yet to suffer any serious traffic jams, has increased by 12.5 per cent in 2011 compared to 2010. That equates to 9.8 million crossings.
In the first quarter of 2012, there have been 2.42 million crossings.
The lowest rates for cars will go from $2.90 to $2.95 per trip, for those with transponders. Drivers signed up for the video system will pay $3.50, up from $3.45, and drivers not signed up will pay $4.20, up from $4.10.
Small trucks will see their lowest rate increase from $5.85 to $5.95, their highest from $6.95 to $7.10. Large trucks will see an increase from $8.70 to 38.85 with a transponder, and from $9.85 to $10.05 at the most expensive tier.
The Golden Ears Bridge is currently the only tolled bridge across the Fraser River in the Lower Mainland, but within six months the Port Mann's new replacement will open and begin tolling drivers there. That will still leave the Mission-Abbotsford Bridge, Patullo Bridge and Deas Island tunnel as untolled options for north-south commuters.
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