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 and support investment in transit and other sustainable transportation improvements as a way to reduce congestion.
Mobility Pricing Independent Commission
A 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 External website, opens in new tab.
What is mobility pricing?
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
In May 2018, the TransLink Board of Directors and Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation External website, opens in new tab received the final report from the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission.
The report shows that mobility pricing provides a long-term, sustainable and transformative way of meeting the region's future transportation challenges, but also identified questions and concerns about fairness, affordability, technology, and costs.
The commission's suggested principles for formulating a mobility pricing policy and the descriptions of high-level concepts for road usage charges only represents the first phase of a feasibility study for mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver.
TransLink will undertake additional work, research, and engagement to explore key issues before any decision can be made on whether to consider mobility pricing further.
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.
In spring 2018, after research and a series of public consultation events are conducted, they will make recommendations for a coordinated approach to pricing transportation.
We will review their recommendations to establish our 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
Related plans and policies
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.
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.