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#378424 - 05/27/10 03:12 PM Bridge toll
KEK Offline
Can anyone tell me if there is a weekly pass I can buy for the bridge toll? If there is one avalible, what is the cost?

#378425 - 05/27/10 03:33 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: KEK]
swanno Offline
Only monthly passes are available at BZ$ 150 and you can get one from the Town hall on Front Street
Colin, Marianne & Sophie the Dog

#378438 - 05/27/10 05:52 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: swanno]
CaptOneIron Offline
Is that a calendar month or can it be any 30 day period? Thanks
Captain One Iron

#378439 - 05/27/10 06:00 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: CaptOneIron]
Amanda Syme Offline
I believe it is a calendar month. So if you don't use the permit that you bought for the month of January during the month of January then it simply expires.

#378440 - 05/27/10 06:05 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: swanno]
tcoats Offline
Okay, I have to vent about this and ask some questions. I know that the tolls are used to pay for the bridge. However...

The monthly bridge pass sounds logical for people who live full time north of the bridge. However, it is my understanding that locals do not have to pay any toll to get across the bridge. Is that correct? Do non-citizen property owners who live full-time north of the bridge have to pay?

And what about those property owners who own property north of the bridge? Are we not already paying property taxes? If you own property slightly north rather than far north, it is impractical to boat to your property if you just want to go to the bakery or the fruit stand, for example. Therefore, the only way to get to your property is across that bridge.

We have to pay to get to our own property that we are paying property taxes on! Isn't that something akin to double taxation?

Also, everyone knows that the majority of tourists come to the island for one week vacation. The lucky ones may stay two. So WHY on earth would the town council NOT sell one week passes?! Is it all about getting more money from the tourists, who are already paying airfare, hopper plane fare, taxi fare, lodging, excursions, meals, drinks, and souvenirs? Come on! Most tourists do not stay a month....but the only option for the bridge pass is for a month at $150 BZ/$75 US.

Also, is there anyone keeping up with the tolls that have come in and whether or not they have taken in enough to pay off the loan for the bridge yet? I know it has been at least four years now.

Maybe I don't have all the details and facts, but it sounds crummy to me.

#378441 - 05/27/10 06:39 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: tcoats]
blat Offline
It has only been maybe 2 years ago that they quit issuing weekly(or was it 2 week) passes.

I think it was specifically so that tourists would have to pay the per trip toll instead of having a pre-purchased pass.

When the ferry was still there what was the crossing fee? Could you purchase a pass monthly or weekly pass for that?

#378443 - 05/27/10 06:45 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: tcoats]
swanno Offline
The monthly pass can run from any day, its valid for 1 month from the date you buy it. You can also buy them in advance, when we were there in March we bought one for our next trip to start on April 25th.

Colin, Marianne & Sophie the Dog

#378450 - 05/27/10 08:20 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: swanno]
Amanda Syme Offline
thanks colin - that's what I meant to say in my round about upside down fashion. I shouldn't have said calendar month rather it is a 30 day pass that should be used within a short period of time. Like you can't by a 30 day pass today and then use it for 3 days each month for the next 10 months.

#378451 - 05/27/10 08:29 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: Amanda Syme]
Peter Jones Offline
So the pass can start at any time, but once started runs for 30 contiguous days smile

#378453 - 05/27/10 08:31 PM Re: Bridge toll [Re: Peter Jones]
swanno Offline
Absolutely correct Peter
Colin, Marianne & Sophie the Dog

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