Congestion charging. Priced networks. High Occupancy Toll Lanes.
These road pricing systems are being implemented internationally in order to fight traffic congestion, reduce pollution and generate dedicated revenues for sustainable transportation infrastructure. Yet, when the discussion begins, road tolls are usually described as “controversial”, “audacious”, “explosive” and even “radioactive”. A recent Ontario poll has confirmed the findings of many other domestic and international opinion surveys: the majority of citizens yearn for a much improved transportation network to serve their needs but are reluctant to pay for it in a direct manner.
With the help of our delegates and partners, Transport Futures has been exploring this conundrum since our inaugural forum in November 2008. Now a perfect storm of economic, social and environmental challenges compels us to continue our non-partisan discussion by examining the critical role of leadership and road pricing. In order to get insights from the front lines, we have invited these prominent politicians from across North America:
Bruce Starr, Senator & Chair, Road User Fee Task Force, Oregon State Legislature, Oregon
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member, New York City Council, New York
Peter Fassbender, Mayor, City of Langley & Chair, TransLink Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, BC
Emil Kolb, Chair, Peel Region, Ontario
Gilles Bisson, MPP & Transportation Critic, Ontario New Democratic Party
Frank Klees, MPP & Transportation Critic, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Peter Milczyn, Councillor, City of Toronto, Ontario
These elected officials, along with five others to be confirmed soon, have agreed to answer a broad range of road pricing questions, including:
Why do they support road pricing in the face of widespread opposition? Why not?
How do they communicate road pricing benefits and/or costs to their constituents?
What can we learn from their varied experiences?
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand how American politicians have “taken the heat” for adding road pricing to their transportation tool kit – and from Canadian politicians who are (or aren't) considering them.
The Transport Futures Road Pricing and Leadership Summit is taking place at The Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto, conveniently located just behind Toronto City Hall.
Thanks very much and we look forward to welcoming you to Transport Futures 2010 on June 18th!
Director, Healthy Transport Consulting
Founder, Transport Futures
Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario