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Paying for Transportation Infrastructure

Traffic congestion is growing throughout the Lower Mainland. Understanding how transportation is funded is a key part of planning and building Surrey's transportation network.

New transportation infrastructure in paid for in a number of ways:

  • Directly by the developer of the adjacent lands
  • By Development Cost Charges (DCCs) collected from new development throughout Surrey
  • Senior Government funding, including capital and operating transfers from TransLink for the Major Road Network, and Provincial and Federal funding for major capital projects.

While there are a few higher cost development areas in the city that use transportation area specific DCCs to fund the necessary infrastructure, the rest of transportation DCCs are pooled together to fund road projects according to the city-wide priorities identified in the Engineering Department's 10-Year Servicing Plan. Learn more about how road projects are prioritized and built in our city.

Funding Alternatives to Taxes

Currently, TransLink, the regional transportation authority, obtains funding from a variety of sources, including property tax and fuel tax. The region is exploring different funding sources, in particular, mobility pricing, which could reduce or eliminate such taxes.

In the future, the region could be looking at different funding options. One such option is mobility pricing.

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission has completed its 10 month research and engagement project to examine the factors that influence congestion and possible ways to mitigate it.

Their report looks at changing the way we price transportation in Metro Vancouver, including roads and bridges, in order to manage congestion, promote fairness, and support continued investment in urgently needed transportation infrastructure. To learn about the Commission’s work visit www.itstimemv.ca

The City encourages Surrey residents and businesses to stay engaged in the conversation over the next two years.

The Lower Mainland and Washington State

Early in 2016, Surrey was asked by Washington State to help recruit 200 Canadian drivers to test how a potential new road usage charge they are considering might work across international borders.

Washington has been studying road pricing for over 4 years and we see this as a unique opportunity for our residents and businesses to test how this new system might work across international borders and to learn from the State of Washington’s experience. If Washington State ultimately adopts distance based road pricing, it will be important for everyone to understand how this impacts Lower Mainland residents who regularly cross the border.

There is no connection between WA RUC and the work of our own Mobility Pricing Independent Commission, and the timing is coincidental. Our local Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was established to undertake research, public consultation, and to ultimately make recommendations to TransLink’s Mayors’ Council and Board on the next steps to develop a coordinated approach in the Metro Vancouver region. It’s exploring a broad set of mobility pricing options, while WA RUC is focused on conducting a real world pilot of only one option: distance based road pricing.

Visit the WA RUC pilot website for more information or sign up to get involved as a participant. For questions about Surrey’s involvement email waruc@surrey.ca.

Learn more about transportation options and projects in Surrey.