Uber traffic: Ride-sharing offers new opportunities for comprehensive congestion pricing

Livable Cities

The ride-sharing debate is alive and well in B.C. The provincial government is holding a series of public hearings about whether, and under what conditions, ride-sharing services should be allowed. Amid questions about passenger safety, impacts on the taxi industry, and personal mobility, there are concerns that ride-sharing could also make traffic worse in Metro […]

Opinion: Ending tolls provides a clean slate for mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver

Livable Cities

At first blush, the provincial government’s decision to remove tolls on the Port Mann and the Golden Ears bridges looks like a setback for tackling Metro Vancouver’s crippling traffic. Tolls provide a clear incentive to drive less, take transit or drive at different times. It seems like the province has shifted into reverse. But dropping […]

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Is Canada’s carbon-pricing policy striking the right balance?

Climate and Energy

by Chris Ragan, Peter Robinson and Steve Williams Debates about Canadian climate policy attract people from different perspectives and life experiences – including the three authors of this column. What views could we possibly share regarding sensible climate policy? Heading up an environmental organization, Peter Robinson understandably emphasizes the urgent need to act decisively to […]

Photo of 417 highway in Ottawa for Paved Paradise: Could congestion pricing work in Ottawa?

Paved Paradise: Could congestion pricing work in Ottawa?

Livable Cities Pollution

Two weeks ago, the Healthy Transportation Coalition (HTC) held a forum at the University of Ottawa. The subject: congestion pricing in our nation’s capital. The HTC hosted six expert speakers for a lively debate (including our research team’s fearless leader, Dale Beugin). The same day, four Ottawa city councillors released a new report on congestion […]

Smooth sailing: Distance-travelled charges offer a flexible policy tool to tackle traffic

Livable Cities Pollution

The topics of congestion pricing and tolling are heating up in a number of Canadian jurisdictions, most recently in Nova Scotia. We are taking the opportunity to shine a light on various forms of congestion pricing, based on our 2015 report We Can’t Get There From Here. This blog discusses distance-travelled charges, an approach that […]

Some like it HOT: High-occupancy toll lanes can be a piece of the congestion puzzle

Climate and Energy Livable Cities Pollution

Last month, Toronto’s plan to implement road tolls on two of its major roads were rejected by the provincial government. It’s not back to square one, however: programs to combat congestion in the GTA continue to grow. Today, as part of a series based on our 2015 report on congestion pricing, we’re discussing high-occupancy toll […]

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