Writing in Business In Vancouver, Peter Ladner gazes into the changing future of one segment of our local transportation mix — the personal motor vehicle, and personal transportation. And it isn’t all rosy for those enamoured of motordom’s 1950’s paradigm.
An interesting set of predictions, especially in the wake of $ 4.4B allocated from the Feds & Provs for transit, with a missing $1.1B left for the Metro Mayors to find, not to mention ongoing operating costs. Uber’s local introduction may be a first step. But, Ladner looks at those ” . . . free roads and bridges . . .”, and their current massive expansion, with tolls and mobility pricing in mind.
Ladner writes: The war on cars has just begun. If you thought a few bike lanes were an issue, wait until you see what Uber, Tesla, GM and a plethora of ride-share companies are planning. This isn’t, strictly speaking, a “war on cars.” It’s a war on the single-passenger, privately owned, human-driven, mostly parked, heavily subsidized, pollution-be-damned, internal combustion car – the kind we’ve come to know and love, with its multibillion-dollar fantasies of “open roads” and social status.
The latest, hottest attack point is the pending arrival of Uber and similar transportation network companies in B.C., one of the last jurisdictions in North America to figure out how to fit them into the mix.
But also on the on-ramp is a wider mobility future that’s “automated, connected, electric and shared,” to quote a University of British Columbia study done for the City of Vancouver. Expect an end to free roads and bridges (as in region-wide tolls or some variation of regional mobility pricing); the imminent arrival of self-driving cars, trucks and buses; blurred lines between ride-sourcing and public transit; and, ultimately, an integrated monthly bill that gives you prepaid access to every available transportation option.