Costs & Possible Solutions: the Eco-fiscal commission

We all want somebody at some level of government to do something about the increasing traffic gridlock in North Vancouver. 

Two of our local politicians have proposed building Skytrain or a tunnel to the North Shore respectively. I don't know if the suggestions were serious or just to make it look like they were doing something. In any event, we should be talking about the big and little things that could actually be done within the next 10 years or so.

A couple of obvious things that our local governments could do is to stop making the problem worse. They, meaning the City in particular, could stop promoting development by giving away density. Having the City and District coordinate better on density and transportation planning would be another constructive step.

 

In the meantime, we are going to have to look at other solutions that can be implemented within our lifetimes.

Changing traffic patterns through incentives to change (or disincentives to not change) might be an answer.  After a particularly bad day in North Vancouver traffic I was poking around the web looking for material on the impact of traffic congestion and the potential solutions...and how they might or might not apply to North Vancouver.

I found this report on the website of the Ecofiscal Commission: link to the report.

One of the authors of a study entitled: "We Can't Get There From Here" is Nancy Olewiler, a professor at SFU but also the former head of Translink. She would certainly have good insight into the mess we have hear in the Metro Vancouver region. I uploaded the first 10 or so pages of the report so that you can take a look for yourself. (The full report can be obtained from their website: ecofiscal.ca)

The report has a lot of interesting background to the issue but, cutting to the chase, the main recommendation is to implement congestion pricing. What do you think of the idea?

 


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