Tolls to cross the Golden Ears Bridge will go up for inflation on July 15.

Golden Ears Bridge tolls to rise 5 cents

Annual increase to cross bridge over Fraser River between Surrey and Langley is pegged to inflation

It will cost an extra nickel for most drivers to cross the Golden Ears Bridge.

Tolls levied by TransLink there go up each year automatically for inflation, and the five-cent increase this year takes effect July 15.

Regular vehicles will pay $3.15 if they are registered with TReO tag or QuickPass transponder, while those not registered will pay $4.40.

The toll increases are based on the 1.3 per cent increase in annual inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index, which was lower than the two per cent increase TransLink had anticipated in its budget.

Increases are as high as 15 cents for unregistered large trucks, while registered motorcycle tolls are unchanged.

TransLink collected $48.4 million in tolls at the Golden Ears last year. That was $7.3 million or nearly 18 per cent more than it budgeted, because of higher-than-expected traffic over the bridge.

The bridge recorded 12.7 million crossings in 2015, up from 11.7 million in 2014.

More gas tax also flowed to TransLink last year.

The nearly $357 million collected from the 17-cent-a-litre tax at the pumps in Metro Vancouver was 6.3 per cent higher than expected. TransLink said the increase is due to more vehicles being driven in the region, and because the weak Canadian dollar and lower fuel prices have resulted in fewer Metro residents crossing the U.S. border to fill up.

Just Posted

Brookswood’s Forsyth back to Langley for basketball meet

The Bobcat alumnus and her team will take on last year’s champs Notre Dame.

Student entrepreneurs spotlighted at Fort Langley event

Take part in a talk on problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and social responsibility.

Historic Fort Langley remembers James Douglas and Louis Riel

Annual weekend events draw hundreds to site

Aldergrove hairdressers go wild and crazy

Students show off skills they’ve learned in the career program at ACSS

Langley school pulls Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag after student petition

School district promises consultation with students and parents, defends using flag for war history

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at car following B.C. crash

Man defecates in the street before throwing it at a driver locked in her vehicle

Second person dies following head-on collision in Surrey

Paige Nagata of Abbotsford was in crash on Nov. 4 that also killed maternity nurse

11 years sought for Burnaby man who killed girlfriend with hammer, burned her body

Manslaughter sentencing hearing started Monday in Chilliwack for Ryan Armstrong

Most Read