The Chair of Metro Vancouver says now is the time to start a discussion on what this region’s tolling policy should look like.
Greg Moore says tolling or mobility pricing is a complex policy with a lot of different ways to do it, and discussions between all levels of governments need to begin now.
“From GPS type tolling to bridge type tolling to specific points in a road network type tolling. There is dynamic tolling so maybe you pay more for different times of the day or you give the trucking industry free use of the roads in the middle of the night so that they are not there during the rush hour. That is a complex and multi-stakeholder discussion that is going to take a lot of years to do.”
Moore says by 2021 we need to be in a position to able to move on mobility pricing.
“So if we are looking forward we think about five years from now that a dynamic tolling structure should be in place. That is perfect timing because you have the George Massey bridge and potentially the Pattullo bridge replacement will be around that same timeframe. So you are going to have to deal with the tolling situation and the Provincial tolling policy at that point in time.”
As for the call for tolling equity on Metro Vancouver bridges.
“I don’t think we can just throw out the comment that we should toll everything the same because it doesn’t achieve the policies that we are trying to get to, which is how do you use the current road system better? Not just expand it but how do you get more traffic 24-hours a day on that road system instead of two peaks one in the morning and one in the evening.”
Delta Mayor Lois Jackson is the latest in a long list of Metro politicians and businesses asking the province to rethink its tolling policy to allow for tolling all bridges at one low rate.