From The Gazette

Online glitches slow Highway 30 transponder sale

  • As of Monday afternoon, only 300 transponders had been sold to motorists who plan to use the toll bridge on the new $1.5-billion Highway 30, set to open Saturday.
    As of Monday afternoon, only 300 transponders had been sold to motorists who plan to use the toll bridge on the new $1.5-billion Highway 30, set to open Saturday.
    Photo credit: Navneet Pall, The Gazette

As of Monday afternoon, only 300 transponders had been sold to motorists who plan to use the toll bridge on the new $1.5-billion Highway 30, set to open Saturday.

But that number is roughly what was expected by this point, said Sylvie Marier, a spokesperson for the private consortium that built and will operate the highway.

Highway 30 is a long-awaited ring road south of Montreal Island. The toll bridge will link Salaberry-de -Valleyfield and Les Cèdres. The toll will be $1.50 for cars. For trucks, it will cost $1.15 per axle.

“We expect more people to sign up after it opens,” Marier said.

She said sales are also expected to be spurred by publicity surrounding the highway’s official inauguration on Monday, Dec. 17, by Quebec Transport Minister Sylvain Gaudreault and federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel.

A transponder is an electronic device that goes on a vehicle’s windshield, allowing for quicker electronic payment of tolls. Motorists will also be able to pay in cash or by credit card.

Drivers have been able to buy the transponders online since Friday, Dec. 7.

The website where motorists can buy transponders — a30express.com — was unable to process orders for several hours Monday.

Marier said the interruption was caused by technicians working on the English side of the site.

As of late Monday afternoon, the site was processing transactions again, but visitors trying to buy transponders on the English section were being switched to the French side.

Marier said the English transactional site should be working by Wednesday.

As of Monday, motorists can also buy transponders in person at the toll-bridge’s service centre. It is located at 5388 Pierre-Dansereau Ave., in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

One comment

  1. I don’t get it.
    Does this mean that finally auto and truck traffic will be able to bypass the city of Montreal on their long distance
    east/west voyages ?
    If so, why are we not screaming and shouting “Hallaluljah” from the rooftops ?
    Like I said……………I don’t get it.

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