Mobility Pricing

 

What is mobility pricing?

Mobility pricing refers to the suite of fees for using everyday transportation services. These include things like transit fares, bridge tolls, road usage charges, and fees for any other services involved in the movement of people and goods.

 

Who was the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission?

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was a group of 14 Lower Mainland representatives from a variety of organization across the region. They were selected and tasked by the TransLink Board of Directors and the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to evaluate and make recommendations on how to develop and implement a regional road usage charging policy and system, and assess the implications for pricing of other types of transport and mobility.

 

What work did the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission do?

Between July 2017 and May 2018, the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission led the It’s Time project, an extensive research and engagement project that studied ways to reduce congestion, promote fairness, and support continued investment in transportation. This included engagement with more than 17,000 Metro Vancouver residents through:

  • Online engagement,
  • In-person meetings with nearly 200 stakeholders and elected officials, and
  • Three workshops with a 15-member user advisory panel representative of Metro Vancouver’s diverse population and geography.

 

What were the findings of the Commission?

On May 24, the Commission shared their findings with the Mayors Council and TransLink Board of Directors in a joint meeting. In the report a set of principles to follow were identified when designing mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver. Two concepts which were explored were also shared in the report:

  • A regional congestion point charge with charge points at, or close to, some or all of the regionally important crossings, complemented by further point charges at locations within the Burrard Peninsula; and,
  • A distance-based charge with two or more zones with varying charge rates throughout Metro Vancouver.

Both concepts show promising results, and they will require more analysis, including further study of the potential for decongestion charging to coordinate with transit fares and other forms of mobility pricing. The Commission is also recommending further assessment of affordability and equity impacts, an assessment of available technology for distance-based charging, and a study of impacts for business, particularly transport-intensive businesses.

 

What's next?

The Mayors’ Council and the TransLink Board have requested that further research be done for the remainder of 2018. For more information about the research and engagement work of the Independent Commission, go to www.itstimemv.ca.