The new Champlain Bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Since the start of the project, the federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel has stood firmly on the implementation of tolls.
On the flip side, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and a group of NDP MPs, have publicly voiced their dislike for the federal plan to institute user fees.
Here are some facts from Transport Quebec to help you decide where you stand on the issue.
- If the toll was set as $3, 1 out 3 drivers would find another route in and out of the city.
- If the toll was hiked to $5.60, 2 out 3 drivers would do the same.
- Transport Quebec estimates that drivers who do not choose the Champlain Bridge will most likely use the Jacques-Cartier Bridge adding 2,400 to 4,200 more vehicles during the morning commute.
- The Victoria Bridge could see upwards of 1,500 to 3,000 more traffic during the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Tunnel Lafontaine and the Mercier Bridge could see between 1,000 to 3,000 more commuters during rush hour.
- Tolls would also have an impact on public transit, however there are no definitive numbers yet.
- Commuters also may adjust their work schedules to avoid rush hour drives and may even go to the extent of avoiding coming into the city entirely.