January 3 toll increase for Halifax Bridges

December 29, 2021

A toll increase that will allow Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) to fund a 10-year capital plan and continue to provide safe, efficient and reliable cross‐harbour transportation for the next decade will go into effect on January 3. 2022.

The increase will see the price for a passenger vehicle using MACPASS increase from $.80 to $1.  The cost for a passenger vehicle using cash will go from $1 to $1.25.  Commercial vehicles using cash or MacPass will see an increase of 25 per cent per axel.

Bus and Access-A-Bus traffic are exempt from the increase.

“This is the first increase in a decade,” said HHB CEO and General Manager Steve Snider.  “We have $280 million of work that needs to get done over the next ten years to extend the life of the MacKay Bridge and keep the Macdonald Bridge operating at peak efficiency.”

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) approved the HHB request for an increase after reviewing its 10-year plan that included steel repair and painting, span bearings and pier rehabilitation, dehumidification of the MacKay Bridge main cable, resurfacing and deck repairs, and fatigue repairs and associated component replacement.

The NSURB decision stated: “Overall, the Board finds that the projects included in the HDBC’s 2021-2031 capital plan are necessary and appropriate to maintain the Bridges and ancillary structures to ensure they are in good operating condition.”

The new fee structure:

Vehicle TypeMACPASSCash
Automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles$1.00$1.25
when towing a single axle trailer$1.34$1.50
when towing a double axle trailer$1.66$2.25
when towing a triaxle trailer$2.00$2.50
Buses with a seating capacity of 16 or more$1.20$2.50
Access-A-Bus Vehicles$0.60$0.75
The following classifications are for vehicles with dual tires detected on any one axle based for the following: 
2 axles$2.91$3.50
3 axles$4.36$5.00
4 axles$5.83$6.50
5 axles$7.28$8.50
6 axles$8.73$10.00
7 axles$10.19$11.50
8 axles$11.64$13.50