Michigan considers change for bridge tolls paid in loonies

The days of currency equality may end soon at toll booths on the Michigan side of the Blue Water Bridge.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) said this week it’s considering a “currency parity policy” for its side of the bridge that spans the St. Clair River and connects Port Huron, Mich. with Point Edward.

(www.michigan.gov)

If the proposal moves ahead, it would end a tradition that began several years ago where Michigan toll booths have accepted Canadian currency at par.

Instead, the toll for travellers paying in Canadian currency on the Michigan side of the bridge would be set twice a year, based on the average daily exchange rate over the previous six months.

Based on the current exchange rate, MDOT said the new toll for travellers paying in Canadian currency would be $4 per car, compared to the current charge of $3. Drivers paying in U.S. funds would still pay $3.

The change would also impact tolls paid in Canadian currency for other vehicles, including trucks and buses.

If approved, the change would begin April 1, with the rate reviewed each April and October.

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