Think you’re already paying enough to move around Metro Vancouver with bridge tolls and transit costs?
Get ready to dig deeper.
The Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation is moving ahead to the next phase when it comes to ‘mobility pricing.’
A task force under the Council has formed a sub-group to consider the definition of mobility pricing and to develop the terms of reference.
Council Vice-Chair and Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner says the next step will be to set up an independent commission that’s at arms-length from government to undertake the research and public consultation.
“The opportunity through this commission would be to say what does the strategy look like with respect to probably three key but equally important regional objectives. And that would be to manage congestion and to maximize fairness, as well as to support investment in the region.”
But Hepner says while nothing concrete has been decided yet, it’s a safe bet we’ll see some form of regional road pricing scheme.
“I think you can expect there will some degree of pricing in this region. You can see on the North Shore at some point a requirement to do their bridges.”
There are concerns, however, the commission’s work won’t be supported by the provincial government.