Albion Ferries Jun 21, 2009 18:51:48 GMT -8
Post by Deleted on Jun 21, 2009 18:51:48 GMT -8
Older post here, but just to clarify: there are NO cash lanes. All tolls are fully automated.
Without a transponder, they snaps pictures of your plates, and mail the $3.90/crossing bill to the plates' registered owner. There are multiple cameras covering both front and rear, so tailgating won't do you any good.
If you register your plate with them, so they can bill you directly, the toll drops to $3.30. Registration is free via their website, so there's really no reason for GVRD residents NOT to do so, even if they don't PLAN on ever using it.
The transponder will cost you a $10 deposit and a $1/mo "lease", but drops the toll further to $2.75. They also have two billing options: you "pre-load" your account with $40, and once it gets down to $10, it's automatically re-loaded from your checking account or credit card; or, they mail (or email!) you a bill every month that you can then pay online.
We live in Pitt Meadows, and my wife works in Langley (206th & Fraser). Her old commute, according to Google Maps, was 37km and took her just under an hour in the morning, and usually a little over an hour coming home, via the Port Mann. If she took the Albion Ferry home instead, it reduced the distance to 25km, and more importantly did away with the long, slow crawl and lots of idling, but usually added a full hour or more to the trip, depending on sailing waits.
With the new bridge, her commute is now down to 16km, and takes about 20 minutes, each way... 30 at most if traffic up 200th is really ignorant.