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

Transport pricing

What you need to know

In November 2020, City council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan, which included direction to assess the feasibility of transport pricing within Vancouver’s city centre.

Transport pricing would be a fee for vehicles to drive into, and through, the city centre. Details such as cost and boundaries will be determined through further engagement and consultation with residents, businesses, government agencies, and First Nations.

Transportation accounts for almost 40% of Vancouver’s carbon pollution, which is why it’s critical we prioritize walking, biking, and public transit.

By 2030, our goal is that two-thirds of all trips into the city will be made by walking, biking, or transit, and that we reduce our carbon pollution by 50%. These shifts will be supported by expansions to our walking and biking networks, bus-service improvements, and the new Broadway Subway , which will provide additional rapid transit access into the city centre.

Over the next three years, we will do further analysis and work with the provincial government, TransLink, local and regional community, and stakeholders to develop the right fit for Vancouver. Staff will provide an update to council in spring 2022 on stakeholder engagement and supportive research and analysis.

Why we're doing this

Transport pricing is an important opportunity to reduce carbon emissions while making the city centre a better place for everyone. People come to Vancouver’s city centre to work, play, and access services. However, too many vehicles travelling into, and through, the city centre creates congestion and delays, pollution, and takes up valuable, scarce public space. 

A road use fee would reduce the number of vehicles on the road and:

  • Enable more people and goods to move into, and through, the city centre with more reliable travel times
  • Reduce air and noise pollution and carbon emissions
  • Increase the amount of road space for sustainable travel and help create new, vibrant public spaces

Timeline

  • 2021-2022

    Explore

    Stakeholder engagement on interests and priorities, supported by research and analysis, including impacts of COVID-19 and equity considerations

    Council update on findings

  • 2023

    Develop

    Develop feasible transport pricing options that include potential boundaries and pricing. Engage public to discuss impacts, mitigation, and opportunities

    Council decision to move forward and refine recommended option

  • 2024

    Refine

    Refine transport pricing strategy with further stakeholder input

    Council decision to move forward and implement transport pricing in Vancouver

  • 2026

    Implement

    If approved, transport pricing will be implemented

Mobility Pricing – Is it time?

Lessons from London and Stockholm, SFU’s City Program, May 17, 2018.

Related plans and policies

Climate Emergency Action Plan

On November 17, 2020, Council approved the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Learn more about our work and how to get involved.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

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