Pricing Our Roads: What Can Metro Vancouver Learn from Seattle?
Tolling? Road pricing? New technologies?
The Sustainable Transportation Coalition has gone south of the border for a preview. Seattle has already introduced tolling on the SR 520 bridge and experimented with road-user charges, and we've asked Matthew Kitchen, a policy analyst on the Puget Sound Regional Council, to give us an in-depth understanding of their research, experiments, and real-life examples, and to describe what has happened, what they're learning, and what the implications may be for the future.
Having recently introduced tolls on an existing bridge with no new capacity, the Seattle region is beginning to learn something about the impact. How does reality compare with what the models say? How will those results affect their regional plans? And what does this mean for their political decisions? Should, for instance, toll revenues support non-road investments?
Join us to hear about what led to tolling in Seattle, the research they did, and the experiment they created. A panel of Vancouverites will discuss what this might mean for us. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.
Matthew Kitchen, Puget Sound Regional Council
Hosted by the Sustainable Transportation Coalition, the Planning Institute of B.C. South Coast Chapter, and SFU Continuing Studies' City Program.
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