I missed this last month, but Nathan Pachal and Fraseropolis picked up on the data – Port Mann Bridge: The case of the disappearing traffic. (Remember, it’s “the widest bridge in the world” and the precedent for the Massey – another multi-billion-dollar commitment with a less than transparent agenda.)
The British Columbia government now predicts heavier short-term financial losses on the Port Mann toll bridge than previously forecast, although it maintains the position that user tolls will eventually pay all costs related to the reconstructed bridge.
The issue here is declining traffic volumes — a pattern of decline that began long before tolls were implemented in 2012. Weekday traffic on the bridge, the primary access point to Vancouver from the rest of Canada, is down an astonishing 20 per cent from the peak levels of 2006.