A Surrey Board of Trade forum on road tolling had a former TransLink board chair saying its time to launch a pilot program on mobility pricing.
Nancy Olewiler says everyone from the province on down needs to get to the table and begin looking at mobility pricing for the region.
“If it is voluntarily, I would pilot a voluntary dynamic pricing with an offset in gas tax or an offset in your insurance rates. You can either put a GPS in or use your cell phone. I mean you give Google all of your information, so why wouldn’t you give ICBC?”
What is dynamic pricing?
“Charge more at peak times, charge less overnight. The road is free when there is nobody on it.”
She also said if it made sense, then TransLink should look at getting out of the roads and bridges business.
Calls for tolling equity
The President of the BC Trucking Association is adding her voice to a growing chorus demanding tolling equity in the region.
Louise Yako says time is money, and truckers are spending way too much time stuck in congestion.
“Mobility pricing long term in the Lower Mainland. Short term tolling all of the bridges because what we are seeing is people who are trying to avoid tolls and creating congestion in areas that we don’t want to see. We are coming up on the Pattullo Bridge being rehabilitated – that is going to cause, again, another congestion bottleneck.”
She says whatever the toll would be on all bridges it should be lower than the current rate on the Port Mann.
Yako says peak period pricing doesn’t work for trucking companies as good have to move when they have to move.