Road Pricing Leadership Summit
After decades of inaction, Ontario made erratic road pricing progress over the last six months. It began timidly on September 15 when the Liberal government commenced their High Occupancy Toll Lane pilot project. Then, on January 27, the province rejected Toronto Council’s bold request for authorization to toll the city-owned Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway. Ironically, Premier Kathleen Wynne made this announcement in York Region five days before the provincially-owned Highway 407 East and 412 started collecting tolls on February 1.
This type of inconsistency demonstrates that political leadership and coordination is essential to successful road pricing implementation – especially when traffic congestion is worsening, funding isn't available to meet all infrastructure needs and elections are on the horizon. To keep Ontario moving forward, Transport Futures invites you to attend the Road Pricing Leadership Summit where you will:
- hear the latest road pricing research that is being conducted in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA);
- learn from elected officials who have a comprehensive understanding of tolls in their respective jurisdictions (USA and Canada);
- find out if Ontario politicians can achieve a consensus on road pricing costs and benefits;
- learn proven communication techniques that gain public acceptance for tolling;
- help create a framework for a GTHA-based public education campaign. It will be designed to support political incumbents and candidates in advance of the 2018 provincial and municipal elections, keep current road pricing projects in place and get Toronto’s toll aspirations back on track.
In order to achieve these objectives, Transport Futures has invited the following politicians and transportation experts to share their vast road pricing experience:
- Steve Hogan, Mayor, City of Aurora (Denver)
- Jim Madaffer, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission
- Geoff Meggs, Councillor, City of Vancouver
- Michael Harris, MPP and Transportation Critic, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
- Steve Parish, Mayor, Town of Ajax
- Joe Mihevc, Councillor, City of Toronto
- Bill Cramer, Communications Director, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
- Ashley Curtis, Deputy General Manager of Transportation Services, City of Toronto
- Baher Abdulhai, Professor of Engineering, University of Toronto
Along with great food to keep you energized all day, our interactive agenda will provide ample opportunity for Q&A and networking. Be sure to register now and take advantage of our early bird rates!
Who should attend the Road Pricing Leadership Summit?
Elected officials, political candidates and those representing government, business, academia and NGOs should attend the Summit, especially those working in transportation policy/planning/engineering, transit, parking, energy, climate change, infrastructure, asset management, law, health, insurance, social justice, business/trade, finance/economics/taxation, education, social marketing, politics and/or sustainability.