Tolls again are being suggested to help pay for new costs for Victoria’s Johnson St. Bridge project. It’s a bad idea and wouldn’t likely work even if funding partners allowed for them in the city’s partnership agreements.
This too would drive traffic elsewhere. People have options, and some of them might not include downtown at all. Langford would be happy if Victoria charged punitive tolls, as would Saanich and their Uptown partners. Sucking business out of downtown is part of suburban economic development strategies. Their staunch commitment to free parking, and plenty of it, would help starve downtown of business (and how fast would the declining tax proceeds overwhelm the revenue from tolls?). Tolls have their own infrastructure and administrative costs. You have to ask if this is really worth it.