$700/year for TransLink
Jeff Nagel calculates that
two-car family in Langley could soon be paying close to $700 a year more than their neighbours to the east in Abbotsford.
Due in part to the proposed vehicle levy. But also to the gas tax
Motorists already drive east out of Metro Vancouver to avoid the 12-cent gas tax that funds TransLink
But are gas prices 12c a litre cheaper? My recent experience suggests that the difference between GVRD gas pumps and Abbotsford is usually much less than 12 cents. But that of course is anecdotal so I checked on the cbc.ca gas price web page. They get gas prices from the gasbuddy.com – and the difference when I looked was not 12c a litre but around 4c.
It seems to me – based on this unscientific survey – that gas stations in Abbotsford are doing very well out of the 12 c difference!
UPDATE March 30
I should have pointed this out when Ken Hardie posted a riposte. While Translink gets the product of 12c/litre from the gas tax, half of that is a transfer of the provincial collection. So the net effect is that gas tax is really 6c per litre higher inside Metro than most of the rest of BC