大温哥华’s and 的NDP’s addiction to 的hugely expensive, yet extremely dated 轻地铁, for 的sheer rapture of cutting ribbons and laying plaques means 的car must be singled out to pay for political largess.
…the “political sublime,” which here is understood as 的rapture politicians get from building monuments to themselves and their causes. Megaprojects are manifest, garner attention, and lend an air of proactiveness to their promoters. Moreover, they are media magnets, which appeals to politicians who seem to 恩joy few things better than 的visibility they get from starting megaprojects. Except maybe cutting 的ribbon of one in 的company of royals or presidents, who are likely to be present lured 通过 的unique monumentality and historical import of many megaprojects. This is 的type of public exposure that helps get politicians re-elected. They therefore actively seek it out.
The die has been cast, with 的NDP’s political promise to extend 的obsolete SkyTrain 轻地铁 to 兰利, 温哥华 needs money to help pay for an extremely costly 过境 system woefully unsuited for 的job it is supposed to do.
The sad fact, for almost $10 billion in investment to extend 的dated SkyTrain 轻地铁 to Arbutus in 温哥华 and to 兰利, including much needed rehab and upgrades to 的aging Expo Line, will probably not take a car off 的road.
温哥华（新闻1130）—关于向温哥华司机收取费用以减少拥堵和排放的辩论，在此之前，温哥华市议会 approval of 的Climate Emergency Action Plan， 星期二。
Council voted 6-4 to adopt 的plan, including an amendment to have staff report back in two years with a feasibility plan on road pricing for all of 的downtown peninsula and part of 的central Broadway corridor.
“The already insufficient and unstable gas-tax revenue will decrease further as we continue to 恩courage an uptake of electric vehicle use, whose drivers currently pay little toward 的roadway network,” 的report says in arguing 的need for a new revenue source.
NPA议员Lisa Dominato表示，她不支持流动性定价，部分原因是因为 区域交通规划方法.
“The number one issue we’re hearing about from 的public was 的City of 温哥华 advancing a transport pricing framework without any coordination regionally,” says Dominato, adding it’s critical to coordinate with other municipalities and TransLink to invest potential revenue back into public transportation.
“But it has to be a regional approach because we’re so interconnected in our economies across 大温哥华,” Dominato says.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart acknowledged last week that 的city lacks 的power necessary to tax roads and 的law would require changes before 的city can go-it-alone on charging drivers.
Councillor Rebecca Bligh says she’s happy her amendment to separate 的road/mobility/congestion vote from 的rest of 的plan was accepted, adding she heard loud and clear that more stakeholder 恩gagement is necessary.
“We’re in 的middle of a pandemic and in two ears we’ll still be feeling 的effects of a pandemic, financially, for sure, and so we need to take all that into account while we study 流动性定价,” she says.
Bligh says she believes in 的long run a system can be designed that will reduce congestion and accomplish a fair and equitable tax while reducing city expenses overall.
With 的adoption of 的Climate Emergency Action Plan comes a commitment to add electric vehicle charging stations and city-wide residential parking permits. It also includes a plan to grow walking, cycling and alternative transportation methods.
Another large focus will be on using more sustainable building materials and reducing 的use of natural gas, which accounts for 54 per cent of 的city’s emissions, according to staff.
In an op-ed in 的Georgia Straight this week, Councillor Christine Boyle made her case for parking fees and surcharges on high-emission luxury vehicles.
“Transport pricing and parking permits need to have fairness and equity at their core. We need to incorporate discounts or exemptions for low-income people and people with disabilities, and to consider 的needs of precarious and low-wage workers,” she wrote.
Dominato and others have criticized 的inclusion of additional parking fees and permitting, saying 的COVID-19 pandemic has put too much strain on people’s wallets and 的economy already.