Many cities around the world use, or are working toward, a form of transport pricing (also known as mobility pricing) to improve:
- Air quality
- Reduce pollution
- Reduce noise
- Manage congestion
- Reallocate space toward sustainable modes
Over the next three years, we will explore a transport pricing model that more equitably distributes street space and transportation costs and benefits.
What is transport 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
Transport pricing and mobility pricing have similar meanings. We're using transport pricing to clarify that this is city-focused rather than the regional approach that continues to be explored.
Exploring transport pricing
Climate Emergency Action Plan
The Climate Emergency Action Plan sets out targets and actions in the buildings and transportation sectors, to drastically reduce carbon emissions. One of three targets for transportation is to shift two-thirds of daily trips in Vancouver to active transportation and transit by 2030. The action to help achieve this target is transport pricing.
With approximately 100,000 new residents in Vancouver in the next 20 years, and a rapid increase in jobs, there will be more trips around our city than ever before, yet we have limited road space to take these trips. While we are studying how transportation pricing works in other cities around the world, it’s important that we find the right fit for Vancouver and that it is equitable to all users of our road network from downtown office workers, health care professionals, service industry staff to tradespeople.
What does this look like?
Over the next two years, we'll be engaging with the public to explore a pricing system that may work for Vancouver. Well talk to people who could be impacted so we can understand and address their concerns to ensure we make this action successful.
Currently, public infrastructure like roads are funded in part by the provincial gas tax, which is unstable and has been on the decline with the uptake of electric vehicles and declining car use. Transport pricing can help make up the gas tax shortfall and encourage a move away from dependence on other taxes used to fund roadway infrastructure that do not relate to the use of street space.
A top demand management priority within Transportation 2040 is to support the exploration of transport pricing and support investment in transit and other sustainable transportation improvements as a way to improve air quality, reduce pollution, reduce noise, manage congestion, and reallocate space toward sustainable modes.