Bridge tolls present a burden to seniors

With the recent announcement of the closing of the Pattullo Bridge to most traffic for a year and a half, the future looks even more bleak.

Editor: I have sent the following letter to Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.

I am an 11-year resident of Fort Langley. My husband and I are seniors.  We are retired from our “day jobs” and are on fixed incomes.

I have just had a look at my recent TREO bill and find it is over $56 already, and it is not even the end of May. Maybe it is small change for many, but to us it is a big dent in our disposable income.

We regularly travel to Vancouver, Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge to visit family, and for medical services.  We find these tolls increasingly onerous.

With the recent announcement of the closing of the Pattullo Bridge to most traffic for a year and a half, the future looks even more bleak.  Not only are alternative routes to avoid tolls being shut off, but also the traffic volume will be unpleasant. And we have to pay it — both ways.

We’re just regular folks — senior folks — but if we are finding it difficult to make ends meet, we know we are not the only ones feeling the pinch.

Actually, I think the pinch has broken the skin.

These are difficult times and if there is some way you can ease the expense of bridge travel, it would be appreciated.  I suggest now would be a time when you could reduce the tolls by half. You’ll get an increase in the volume of traffic anyway, and you can look like a hero.

Thanks for all you do for B.C. citizens.

Myrna Pfeifer,

Fort Langley

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