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Carbon Gaps: Emissions, Policy and Prices

We’re currently exploring some of the issues related to federal-provincial carbon coordination in a blog series, and the emissions gap is a key measure of the work at-hand. The first blog in the series outlined three primary objectives, and five of the largest inherent challenges. The logical next step is […] More

Ontario’s Coming HOT Lane Pilot Project

Late last year, Ontario announced the details of two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane projects as a means to improve traffic flow in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Province will start by implementing a HOT lane—a hybrid of a tolled road and a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane—as a pilot project […] More

TLDR: The low-down on our latest report about congestion pricing

The Ecofiscal Commission’s latest report makes the case for implementing congestion pricing pilot projects in Canadian cities. In case you don’t have time to read the report, here are the findings in a nutshell. The new report, We Can’t Get There from Here: Why Pricing Traffic Congestion Is Critical to […] More

The Big Apple Plans to Take A Bite Out of Congestion

Four things we can learn from the Move NY Fair Plan Reducing gridlock and addressing challenges in funding transportation are high on the agenda of many cities. Congestion reducing fees—for example, through HOT lanes and bridge tolls—are often missing from the toolkit, though a key piece of the puzzle. New […] More

HOV and HOT Lanes: What’s the Difference?

High occupancy vehicle (HOV) and high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are in the news. A temporary network of HOV lanes was in place in the Toronto area during the recent Pan Am and Parapan Am Games (people were divided about this). And Ontario recently announced that it is moving forward […] More

Drive-and-Dash on the Gas Tax: Oregon’s Program

Oregon just started a third, voluntary trial of a system that could fundamentally change the way that roads are funded in the State. Under the program, instead of paying per gallon of fuel via the gas tax, drivers pay per mile—and people are signing up. But pricing driving more directly […] More

Damn This Traffic Jam: Why Economists Hate Congestion Too

Hate traffic? You’re not alone. Economists hate it too and probably for all the same reasons you do. It costs all of us the one thing we can never get back: time. On a personal level, that’s the gut-wrenching feeling of walking in fifteen minutes late to your 9am meeting […] More

Can We Tackle Traffic Congestion & Climate Change with the Same Policy? Some Grist for the Mill

On this #WonkWednesday we explore the weird policy space between congestion pricing and carbon pricing. This recent Grist article by Ben Adler poses the important question: how best do we align our transportation policies with our climate goals? In doing so, Adler debates the merits of potential distance-based road charging […] More

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