If you've ever had a chance to take the new Port Mann Bridge, you'll notice there's plenty of room to drive.
But that doesn't mean the new span isn't being used.
According to officials at Transportation Investment Corp., the company in charge of overseeing the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, in the month of July, the bridge averaged 110,000 to 120,000 trips each weekday.
While the counts can vary depending on the day and season, TI Corp. spokesperson Max Logan said the numbers are right around what was expected.
However, he cautioned fluctuations in numbers are typical for a new toll bridge.
The bridge opened to traffic in December. Logan predicted the fluctuations will likely continue into 2014 due to several reasons, including work on the Highway 1 widening to Vancouver winding down, the opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road and an end to the introductory toll rate.
The base car rate will increase to $3 a trip after Nov. 30.
Logan suggested all three factors will likely get commuters to try different routes, at least to start.
"Even though we've [Port Mann Bridge] been open now for nine months, we're still in the early days," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
As traffic remains brisk on the bridge, it's also been busy for TREO, the Port Mann's tolling system. More than one million vehicles have registered.
Logan explained the company didn't set a hard target in terms of pure numbers, but rather a target for the percentage of regular or frequent users of the bridge.
In that case, he noted more than 90 per cent of regular users have signed up for TREO, already beyond the 80 to 85 per cent that would be considered a top number for a new toll bridge.
"You never know what's going to happen when you open a toll road ... but generally speaking we're very happy with the way registration went and the first few months have gone since the bridge opened," Logan said.
TI Corp. is still considering what it might do for TREO users once the bridge toll goes to full price later this year.
Logan suggested there are still a lot of advantages to being a regular TREO customer, pointing out HOV users get a 25-per-cent discount during peak hours, while trucks receive a 50-per-cent discount overnight.
He also noted TREO users don't have to pay the $2.30 licence plate processing fee.
As for which communities are using the bridge most, Logan said Surrey is the largest user, but added the numbers are spread out in places like Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
"It tends to be the communities clustered fairly close to the highways because for them it's the most convenient route," he said.
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