Toll on the Confederation Bridge should be reduced or taken away, Islanders say


Harun Sadat

Jan. 29, 2016

To get on or off P.E.I. people have to cross the Confederation Bridge, but they have to pay a toll.

P.E.I. Senator Percy Downe said it is unfair that there is a similar bridge in Montreal where people don’t have to pay a toll to cross.

Half of the people interviewed by The Surveyor said they want a discount for Islanders.

Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 1.30.46 PM“Islanders should have a discount because we don’t have a choice to leave or not if we are going somewhere,” said Leslie Holt.

Larry Tweed is not looking for a complete discount.

“It would kill the ferry but a discount would be good for both the bridge and the ferry,” he said.

Bryan Grimmelt said there should be a discount for Islanders.

“There are people going over the bridge for work and they have to pay every time. There should be three to four free passes every year for Islander; this would help the people going over for work by reducing their spending.”

The other half said there should be no toll at all for Islanders.

Julia Clayton said she doesn’t think we should be paying the tolls. No other province has to pay to leave their province other than us.”

Michelle MacNeil said it’s expensive especially for residents.

“It’s very inconvenient for people around P.E.I. and in P.E.I. My friends can’t come to visit often because of the toll. It should be discounted if you live around the bridge and in the Island.”

Karla Chappell said she thinks it should be free to leave for Islanders.

“It feels like we are trapped with the high cost tolls. People don’t want to spend that money going over the bridge.”