A new TAC project is assessing opportunities and challenges for mobility pricing in Canada

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) has launched a new pooled-fund project called “Mobility Pricing: Opportunities and Challenges in Canada to help Canadian governments better understand how mobility pricing might be applied, and what impacts it could have on transportation system performance, carbon emissions, public health, social equity, economic productivity and government revenues.

Mobility pricing involves the coordination of transportation price signals to influence travel behaviours, support mobility objectives, and achieve other social goals
. While road tolls and transit fares exist across Canada, mobility pricing strategies such as cordon charges or distance-based fees have not been used. They can be controversial, and generate questions around privacy, affordability, equity, and the use of revenues.

The project will identify and explain the major opportunities and challenges for road user charges (also known as road pricing or congestion charging) as a mobility pricing tool in Canada, considering contextual differences such as order of government, community form and size, and transportation system governance. It will also address the relationships between road user charges and other pricing mechanisms including fuel taxes, parking fees and transit fares.

WSP Canada will provide consulting services for this project, which was initiated by TAC’s Mobility Council. The work is made possible through the financial support of seven TAC member organizations that are now represented on the Project Steering Committee: Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain, City of Hamilton, City of Vancouver, Halifax Regional Municipality, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Ministère des Transports du Québec, and TransLink. A final report is expected in the fall of 2022.

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