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 5: Two Zone Distance-Based
Why did we choose this example?
This a more targeted example of distance-based charging. In this example, travelling through the region’s worst congestion area (inside the Burrard Peninsula) during peak hours would have a higher charge.
Who would pay?
People who drive would pay this distance-based charge regardless of where they are in the region. However, this charge could vary based on the location, time and direction of travel. Charges could be lower in less-congested spots and in areas with fewer options for 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 the charge by using alternative modes of transportation (if available), which would result in fewer vehicles on the road.
How much would I pay?
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?
• How the availability and improvement of transit and transportation modes could be more attractive and accessible to vehicle users
• Equity implications, including discounts or exemptions for those who have fewer alternative transportation modes or lower income
• Options for people who rely on driving for work, childcare, or medical appointments
• Privacy and security of data
• Fairness for those who have fewer transit choices in areas with more affordable housing
*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.