Last month, the (Mobility Pricing Independent) Commission released a report that outlined two possible policy approaches: congestion point charges — which involve charging someone a toll when they pass a certain congested point or location — and charging drivers for each kilometre they drive (varied by time and/or location). …

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MAP 1: Congestion Point – Downtown Vancouver

Why did we choose this example?

• Getting to, from and around downtown Vancouver was identified as one of the top congestion areas

• Good availability of alternative modes of transportation already exist in the area

• Downtown decongestion charging has been effective in many other cities Who would pay?

Who would pay?

People who drive past the congestion point charges would pay. However, this charge could be higher in very specific congested hot spots, and lower in less congested areas and/or with less access to transit. As social equity is a key consideration, we are still exploring discounts and exemptions for certain individuals.

Where and how would congestion improve?

Drivers may avoid travelling in and out of downtown Vancouver during peak hours which would reduce congestion. Congestion would be reduced in and around downtown Vancouver, major arteries and hot-spots that connect the rest of the region to downtown.

How much would I pay?

This charge may be just enough to prompt behaviour changes from some vehicle users with access to alternative modes of transportation. As affordability is a key consideration, we are still exploring what a price structure, discounts, and maximum charges (caps) could look like.

What are related considerations we heard in Phase 1?

• Consider the availability and improvement of transit and transportation modes to provide accessible and attractive choices for vehicle users

• Consider impacts on businesses downtown, particularly small businesses

• Consider equity implications, including discounts or exemptions for those who have fewer choices or lower income

• Consider impacts from traffic diversion

 

What about Bowen Island?

We know that Bowen Island residents already pay to ride the ferry. The project team will conduct further research for Bowen Island residents