COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) - Registration with TReO, the toll system on the new Port Mann Bridge, opens today. Transportation Minister Mary Polak signed up for her free TReO decal this morning, calling the process easy, electronic and efficient.
Drivers can register online, anytime at www.treo.ca. In order to register vehicles, drivers will only need their license plate number, payment information, and contact information as it appears on their ICBC Autoplan vehicle insurance.
Although registration officially opens today, thousands of people have already signed up to secure the half-price introductory toll rate for a full year and receive the $30 account credit, equivalent to 20 free trips for passenger vehicles. To secure the introductory rate for a full year, drivers must register by February 28, 2013. If they register by November 30, 2012 they will also receive the $30 account credit.
TReO account holders will experience the maximum benefits available to bridge users, including the lowest toll rate, access to all available discounts and easy online account management. Registered accounts help Transportation Investment Corporation to operate a lean, efficient tolling system, reducing the number of invoices mailed and associated administration costs. This keeps operating costs low, which in turn keeps tolls low.
TReO staff can also register people by phone at 604-516-TREO (8736) or in person at the Coquitlam and Surrey Service Centres.
The new Port Mann Bridge will officially open with eight lanes in December, and the first week of operation will be toll free. This toll-free period will give drivers a chance to use the bridge free of charge, allowing them to experience firsthand the time-saving benefits provided by the world's widest bridge.
Drivers will get an advance look at the new crossing starting tomorrow morning. Three Highway 1 eastbound lanes will be transitioned from the old Port Mann Bridge to the new crossing as part of construction staging to give crews the space required to continue work on the bridge approaches.
Once complete, the new Port Mann Bridge will eliminate the worst traffic bottleneck in British Columbia, reducing commute times by up to 50 per cent and saving drivers as much as an hour per day to spend with their families.
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak -
"I just registered for my TReO decal online at www.treo.ca, and the entire registration process took only a few minutes. It truly was easy, electronic and efficient. I strongly encourage all drivers to register with TReO by November 30 to secure the half-price introductory toll rate for a full year and receive a $30 credit on their account."
"Registered users will benefit from lower tolls and various discounts and will help keep operating costs low, which will keep tolls low."
"We're now only a few months away from the bridge opening with eight lanes, and when it does, drivers will save as much as an hour per day to spend with their family and friends and at other important activities."