While traffic counts are below expectations on the Port Mann Bridge, is this a result of ‘peak car,’ changing demographics, job shifting, tolls – or is being absorbed on the Pattullo Bridge, the so-called ‘free alternative’ required by provincial policy.
That’s what this commenter thinks:
I think the Pattullo Bridge is taking up most of the slack from the traffic not going on the Port Mann.
And here’s something odd — I think it’s not passenger vehicles, but trucks.
About 75% of the time I cross the Pattullo, there’s a large truck ahead of me taking up both lanes to cross the bridge.
I’ve even heard a rumour that the trucking companies have now told their drivers two things:
1. Take the Pattullo to save the bridge toll
2. Always take both lanes for “safety” reasons (And this is apparently illegal so it’s probably not in writing anywhere, but it would be fun to see that actually written out on some trucking company’s website)
I’ve been crossing the Pattullo for 30 years, and it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve seen this many trucks taking both lanes on the Pattullo. Since the bridge hasn’t actually shrunk, and I’m assuming that trucks haven’t gotten wider, it must be because of the toll bridge.