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Will the end of bridge tolls cause an increase in property values ?

Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:46 pm
by islandlady
With the removal of bridge tolls, what do you all think? will this increase the prices of real estate to higher prices east of the Port Mann/south of Fraser River?  How about Maple Ridge? I think it will. Even more so than they have already increased I think the removal of bridge tolls will just nudge it along a little more upward than it may have gone otherwise.  Surely there will be more people who might consider buying east of Port Mann now that may not have before due to the cost.   This guy does not think so. I disagree.  Did we know for sure the bridge tolls would be eliminated? I didnt. Did you? Until it actually happened I didnt know for sure it would.   http://www.news1130.com/2017/08/27/axin ... se-prices/

Re: Will the end of bridge tolls cause an increase in property values ?

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:36 pm
by VanLord
Good point is certainly can't hurt them, will likely help nudge as you say...but watch out for mobility pricing which could hurt prices as much or more

Re: Will the end of bridge tolls cause an increase in property values ?

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:02 am
by westcoastfella
Yeah, I agree with vanlord.  Taxes don't just go away, governments get too used to the revenue stream...  the elimination of tolls on the bridges will be replaced with something else, and mobility pricing seems to be the flavour of the month.

Whatever tax is put into place, a) it will punish car drivers, and b) the further you drive the more you will be punished.  I don't know how that helps anyone on the other side of the port mann bridge.

Re: Will the end of bridge tolls cause an increase in property values ?

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am
by yzfr1
Its already a parking lot on highway 1 with the tolls for traffic getting into Vancouver in morning and then back out into the valley in the afternoon.

If traffic gets worst with removal of tolls I bet more people will consider moving into Vancouver and have the opposite affect.

As someone who communities counter traffic flow, I feel sorry for people who live east of the Portman and need to make it into Vancouver.