Urban Transportation Council

Transportation Finance Standing Committee

The Transportation Finance Standing Committee (TFSC) is concerned with collecting current issues and initiatives pertaining to innovative financing of municipal transportation infrastructure and operations, encouraging debate regarding innovative approaches to financing urban transportation infrastructure and operations, and providing support to others in their efforts to promote innovative financing mechanisms for urban transportation that are compatible with those of the Urban Transportation Council.

Lisa Salsberg is the current Vice-chair of the Committee.

Further information on Committee activities can be found by browsing this website or by contacting Geoff Noxon.

Committee Resources

Terms of Reference

The following TAC publications have been produced under the committee's direction: 

  • Sustainable Funding for Urban/Regional Transportation in Canada (2012) 
    Building on the earlier publications, this briefing summarizes the need for, and benefits of, sustainable funding to build, operate and maintain/rehabilitate urban and regional transportation systems in Canada. 
  • The Road Pricing in an Urban Context (2009) briefing provides an overview of the context, elements, issues and challenges regarding road pricing, plus an outline of potential groundbreaking initiatives.
  • Innovations in Financing Urban Transportation was compiled by the FSC and produced in June 2002 as a TAC Briefing describing three specific financing models as applied in Vancouver, Calgary/Edmonton and Montreal.
  • References to transportation financing are found in one of the earliest TAC Briefings. In A New Vision for Urban Transportation published in 1993, a number of decision-making principles were listed including number 13: Funding/Financing that focused on creating new ways for paying for future urban transportation systems.
  • The 1997 TAC Briefing Financing Urban Transportation expanded on Principle 13 noted above by outlining a model and methods by which urban areas could finance their urban transportation infrastructure.


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