Evening view of traffic on the south side of the Cambie Street Bridge

Mobility pricing

In a growing region with limited road space, it is more important than ever to improve the efficiency and reliability of our transportation system.

A top demand management priority within Transportation 2040 is to support the exploration of mobility pricing as a way to reduce congestion and support investment in transit and other sustainable transportation improvements.

Developing a regional approach

A regional study of mobility pricing is being conducted by the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission . The Commission began the It's Time project, a public engagement and research initiative to explore "decongestion charging" as part of a plan for the future of transportation in Metro Vancouver.

The Commission will make recommendations for a coordinated approach to pricing transportation in Metro Vancouver in spring 2018 after research and a series of public consultation events are conducted.

We will review their recommendations to establish City objectives as they relate to our goals to:

  • Reduce vehicle congestion
  • Support reliable and efficient movement of goods and services
  • Encourage walking, cycling, and transit
  • Invest in transit and sustainable transportation improvements

Mobility Pricing Independent Commission

A Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was established by the Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board in the summer of 2017.

This is part of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision for Metro Vancouver Transportation  for investing in public transit, roads, bridges, and active transportation.

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What is mobility pricing?

The term refers to the range of fees and charges for everyday transportation services, and can include:

  • Transit fares 
  • Bridge tolls
  • Road usage charges
  • Fees for any other services involved in the movement of people and goods

Updates

In January 2018, the Commission completed Phase 1 of the It’s Time project and released the Phase 1 report . The report includes findings from the ‘decongestion charging’ research, what has been heard so far from the public, and the next steps in the process.

  • City of Vancouver residents represented the largest number of those surveyed during the Phase 1 engagement events by making up approximately one-third (32%) of all survey participants.
  • The majority of participants thought it was a good idea to study ways to change how mobility is priced in this region.

The Commission began Phase 2 of the project, where they will be seeking feedback and performing more analysis on two ‘decongestion charging’ approaches:

  1. Congestion point charges such as at defined points or cordon charges; and,
  2. Distance-based charges varying by time and location.

We encourage Vancouve residents to continue being a significant part of the Mobility Pricing dialogue.

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Related plans and policies

Transportation 2040 PlanTransportation 2040 Plan

Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years. Mobility pricing, serving as a demand management tool, helps guide the City towards this vision.

Renewable City StrategyRenewable City Strategy 

We have committed to becoming a renewable city with 100% of our energy coming from renewable resources by 2020. Initiatives, such as mobility pricing, will encourage better journey choices to help meet goals in this Renewable City Strategy.