Two bright lights from this part of the world weigh in on transportation.
First: Nathan Pachal, Langley City Councilor and occasional PT contributor, writes in his South Fraser Blog “No tolls mean more congestion on Metro Vancouver roads“. Hint: he’s in favour of direct user fees, in the form of congestion-busting mobility pricing.
The current provincial government appears to be on board with expanding transit in our region. Will the province also move forward with implementing mobility pricing? Implementing such a system will take political courage. In the meantime, congestion will only continue to increase in our region.
Watching mobility pricing unfold and develop in local media is like waiting for something that never comes. Coverage so far has been oddly positive on the idea and its rationale. The expected apocalyptic outrage from motordom’s sacred guardians has not yet appeared. Has carmageddon fallen out of favour?
Second: Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute has written in Planetizen — “The Future of Mobility in Cities: Multimodal and Integrated“. His article features ten principles for planning the transition to new mobility options, including this one:
7. We support fair user fees across all modes. Every vehicle and mode should pay their fair share for road use, congestion, pollution, and use of curb space. The fair share shall take the operating, maintenance and social costs into account.
Principle #10 looks forward to the inevitable emergence of fully-autonomous vehicles in our cities, with a surprisingly specific nod to shared fleets. Hello Uber, let’s talk.