Last month, the (Mobility Pricing Independent) Commission released a report that outlined two possible policy approaches: congestion point charges — which involve charging someone a toll when they pass a certain congested point or location — and charging drivers for each kilometre they drive (varied by time and/or location). …
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MAP 2: Congestion Point – Metro Vancouver Crossings
Why did we choose this example?
• Metro Vancouver crossings were identified as congestion hot spots
• Bridges and tunnels make good natural boundaries which help to reduce the risk of traffic diversion into neighborhoods
• Stakeholders suggested charging small amounts for crossing bridges
Who would pay?
People who drive past the congestion point charges would pay. However, this charge could be higher in very specific congested hotspots, and lower in less congested areas and/or with less access to transit. As social equity is a key consideration, we are still exploring discounts and exemptions for certain individuals.
Where and how would congestion improve?
If possible, some vehicle users may wish to avoid the charge by not driving. This would reduce congestion on highways, bridges, hot-spots and connecting roads leading to and from bridges.
How much would I pay?
This charge may be just enough to prompt behaviour changes from some vehicle users with access to alternative modes of transportation. As affordability is a key consideration, we are still exploring what a price structure, discounts, and maximum charges (caps) could look like.
What are related considerations we heard in Phase 1?
• Consider the availability and improvement of transit and transportation modes to provide accessible and attractive choices for vehicle users
• Consider impacts on businesses downtown, particularly small businesses
• Consider equity implications, including discounts or exemptions for those who have fewer choices or lower income
• Consider impacts from traffic diversion
What about Bowen Island?
We know that Bowen Island residents already pay to ride the ferry. The project team will conduct further research for Bowen Island residents.