Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Holy Traffic Batman

So talk about inducing traffic. In the one week since the Golden Ears Bridge has been opening it has carried 12x (55,000) the traffic as the Albion Ferry (4,500) daily. I’m going to bet that many of these trips are new trips, but of course I don’t have any data. What will be more interesting to see is the affect the toll will have in a month’s time and if there will be any change in traffic volumes. Also interesting will be to see the effect, if any, on the other bridges in the region. Anecdotally, I know I have now travelled to Maple Ridge when I wouldn't have otherwise. Also, I have a co-worker who now goes shopping in Langley which he didn't a few weeks ago.

The Golden Ears Bridge wasn’t build as congestion relief, but as a way to connect communities. The big question is will the positive externalities out way the negative externalities.

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