Ambassador Bridge tolls set to rise to $5 each way

It will soon cost more to cross the Ambassador Bridge…

Starting Thursday, the toll for cars, vans, motorcycles and empty pickup trucks will jump from $4.75 to $5 in both Canadian and U.S. funds.

Buses, larger trucks and cars pulling trailers are charged higher tolls.

Dan Stamper, president of the Detroit International Bridge Company, says the toll increase is needed to help with the cost of maintaining the crossing.

Windsor West NDP MP and Border Critic Brian Masse has taken exception to the increase and written Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt to complain.

In the letter, Masse calls the increase “an additional border tax that will take money out of the pockets of travelers, commuters and businesses.”

“I am urging you to investigate whether a toll increase is warranted at this time,” Masse wrote. “In this case, it may be useful to appoint an independent third party to analyze the business case justifying the toll increase.”

Masse claims the bridge is “the most expensive land based international crossing for cars and trucks in Ontario.”

At the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, cash tolls from Windsor to Detroit will remain at $4.50 and from Detroit to Windsor at $4.75 in both Canadian and U.S. funds.

Electronic tolls will remain at $3.85 US and Canadian going either direction.