Delta mayor speaks out against mobility pricing

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Although all Metro Vancouver mayors but one have approved a 7-point, $5-billion dollar transit plan for the region, one Mayor isn’t too impressed with where the funding for this project may be coming from.

A large scale project such as the new transit plan for Metro Vancouver needs money to happen.

Delta Mayor Lois Jackson says she understands the money has to come from somewhere – but doesn’t think mobility pricing is very fair on regions like Delta.

“People have a lot better transportation system than we do south of the river and if there’s no service that you can use to commute everyday, you’re certainly being penalized.”

Mobility pricing means residents pay a fee per mile that they travel.  If you travel a longer distance, you would be paying more.

Jackson says this is still an on-going discussion but she doesn’t see it being fair on residents south of the river.

Comments

  1. You have to wonder why the developers are not charged a fee to support the load they put on Transit. Just look at all the gross profits being made along the Cambie Line or Brentwood Mall. They will claim it will just increase the price of housing and have to pass it on to the buyers. Not a chance it is coming out of their pockets.

  2. The problem with developments now is they always cost more to service with fire, police, schools, hospitals and social services than they bring in in taxes. Ergo, everyone’s taxes go up everytime new developments spring up.

  3. Thing is that any one that uses a motor vehicle is already paying a ‘mobility tax’ in the form of fuel (Fed/Prov/Regional) taxes along with the BC Carbon tax. One could also argue that a portion of what ICBC charges for vehicle insurance also forms a part of a ‘mobility tax’. Further, even electric powered vehicles attract a ‘mobility’ tax in the form of BC Hydro charges. In addition, Property taxation in most large cities also include a ‘mobility tax’ as part of their contribution for transit costs.

    So we already have mobility taxation in multiple forms. We certainly do not need another one!

  4. No matter what you call it, someone is going to have a lot of money in additional taxes. So, it can be a mobility tax, or it can be a tax on idle people, or a tax on the air you breath. What is should not be is a tax paid by people not living in the Metro Vancouver area. If every resident was just sent a bill, $X per person, per year, then everyone might develop some appreciation of the cost being incurred here. Getting developers, or their customers, or some other group to pay it is just another something for nothing gimmick. Everyone wants more infrastructure, transit, etc, but they don’t want to pay for it. Time to pay up for the opportunity to live near Vancouver (aka Moonbeamland)-the “world class city” everyone is always yakking about.

  5. I am ok with a mobility tax if it REPLACES property taxes. The problem with property taxes is you pay them and thus pay for roads even if you don’t use the roads.

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