'Mobility Pricing' on the Table in Vancouver
Justin McElroy reports that the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission recently presented a report on congestion pricing to the TransLink board of directors and the Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council.
The report supported the idea of congestion pricing, but called for Translink to study the idea further "to fully optimize the benefits for Metro Vancouver."
"The report outlines two different ways that mobility pricing could be implemented: through a series of fees and checkpoints throughout the region (predominately at bridges), or by distance-based fees," according to McElroy.
The report represents a preliminary first step toward the adoption of congestion pricing. If the concept survives what's expected to be a very difficult political process, it could be five to ten years before a system in implemented.