Halifax Harbour Bridges says eliminating cash tolls on the spans would increase safety for employees and would make getting on and off easier.
CEO Steve Snider told the Rick Howe Show that by no longer having to collect cash fares, they could eliminate many of the lanes at the toll plaza.
“If we were to go cashless, we would then look at reducing the number of lanes in the toll plaza because that way you won’t have all the traffic spread out and then converge back again,” he said. “So from that point of view the flow would be more efficient.”
Snider says 75 per cent of the cars that cross the bridge use the Macpass system, so it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when a cashless system should be brought in.
As for jobs, Snider says they would likely not need as many people actually working in the toll plaza, but new jobs would be created to administer a cashless system.
Snider expects a decision six to 12 months from now, but it could take up to two years before changes are made on the bridge.