It’s more ammunition for Metro Vancouver mayors who need cash to pay for better transportation.
A new study by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission suggests major cities like Vancouver should implement regional street and bridge tolls to reduce gridlock.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says cities have been studying road pricing for years.
“It’s been pushed off so far by the B.C. government, and it’s up to them to make change, so we can deal with traffic congestion, and we can get more investment in our transit system. (Road pricing) would be one way of getting more investment.”
Premier Christy Clark has said municipalities would have to hold another referendum if mayors want to move towards road pricing or universal tolling.
Local mayors are looking for money after the transit plebiscite, which would have raised the sales tax to pay for transit projects, failed in May.
LISTEN: Simi Sara spoke with Chris Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and a McGill University economics professor about the report.
The commission has made a series of graphics to make their point, the one below was made specifically for Vancouver: