Road pricing best way to reduce vehicle emissions, concludes UBC study | CBC News

Road pricing strategies have taken off in several European countries but haven’t yet been embraced in North America, Bigazzi said, but he thinks it’s just a matter of time.

“We are very used to what seems to be free transportation systems for driving but that is increasingly changing,” he said.

Although the extra cost for road users is not popular when first introduced, Bigazzi said, his research found public opinion in the European cities with the measures becomes more positive over time.

“Opposition always wanes as the project goes on,” Bigazzi said. “People start to realize that there are real time-savings.”

Bigazzi said he will be presenting the research to policymakers and municipalities around the country.

“I do believe that road pricing is coming to Vancouver and many cities in North America,” he said. “This is a real opportunity for Vancouver to be an innovator and leader in sustainable urban transportation strategies.”

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