Mobility Pricing – Is it time? Lessons from London and Stockholm

Thu, 17 May 2018 7:00 PM

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission will be releasing their findings and recommendations for the region later in May. What lessons can Vancouver learn from other cities in moving forward  to achieve our transportation goals? Join us to hear from Ben Plowden, Director of Strategy and Planning from Transport London and Mattias Lundberg, Head of Transportation Planning for the City of Stockholm. A panel discussion will follow with representatives  from leading North American cities to explore common opportunities and challenges with mobility pricing.


Date: Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 pm 

Lecture Admission: Free, but registration required. Register for lecture.

Webcast: Free, but registration required. Register for webcast.

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Venue: Room 1500, SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Related topic: Community Building


Ben Plowden has extensive experience of the workings of both national and local government, both from the “outside” as an environmental campaigner and from the “inside” as a senior director at Transport for London (TfL). Ben is currently Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, Surface Transport at TfL, a position he has held since 2011. Ben's responsibilities include providing the overall strategic direction for Surface Transport and delivery of cycling, walking, public realm, road safety, freight, bus priority and Travel Demand Management. Before joining TfL, Ben was one of the country's leading environmental campaigners, ending up as the first paid Director of the Pedestrians Association, which he re-launched as Living Streets in 2000 to campaign for improved public spaces.

Mattias Lundberg is currently Head of Department for Transport Planning in the City of Stockholm. The department with its 65 employees is responsible for strategic as well as detailed planning of the transport system with the aim to increase mobility and improve traffic safety and reduce environmental impact. More than 25 years of experience including Deputy Director of the Centre for Transport Studies in Stockholm, consultancies WSP Analys & Strategi and Transek AB, the Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis and the Stockholm County Administration. Thorough experience from Swedish infrastructure investment planning. Project manager for numerous research and consultancy projects about public transport policies, regional development plans, road pricing and alternative financing, development of planning and CBA methods.


Amanda Eaken is Director of Transportation and Climate in the Healthy People, Thriving Communities Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where her work focuses on decarbonizing transportation in the United States. She is currently leading a groundbreaking analysis of the environmental impacts of Lyft and Uber, to help understand whether these shared mobility providers creating new emissions and congestion, or represent an evolution in sustainable mobility.  She is also spearheading creation of a Climate and Equity Framework for Shared Mobility in Los Angeles, creating recommendations for policies and programs to leverage private sector mobility innovation to achieve LA’s sustainability goals. Amada shared her vision for mobility as a featured speaker at the TEDx World Cities Day in Santa Monica in 2013. She is a founding member and Steering Committee member of ClimatePlan, a statewide coalition of environmental, social equity, and health groups. She holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and a B.A. in Ecology from Dartmouth College.

Kristen Simpson is the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Revenue and Capital Development manager, focusing on new revenue sources as well as state and federal grants. During her time with SDOT she has worked on a variety of projects including planning Seattle’s first modern street car, establishing the city’s freight advisory board, implementing the citywide pedestrian and bicycle plans, developing neighborhood traffic calming plans, and securing grant funding for transit, bicycle, freight, pedestrian and roadway projects. She has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 


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