Metrolinx looking at more paid parking in GO station lots

Metrolinx looking at more paid parking in GO station lots

That free GO station parking spot you’ve grown accustomed to might soon come at as price as the commuter rail service studies extending paid access to more of its 77,000 parking spots.

Metrolinx, the regional transit agency that operates GO Transit, is currently studying the prospect of a paid parking, but the concept has not yet been cleared for implementation, said spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins.

“We are just studying at this point how to better utilize paid reserved parking,” Aikins said Tuesday. “Nothing is happening immediately as a plan has not been approved.”

Of the agency’s 77,000 parking spots at GO stations across the region, fewer than 10 per cent are paid or reserved spots, which cost $98 per month, she said.

“One of the options we are looking at is increasing the percentage of reserved spots very gradually,” Aikins said.

“We are piloting a variety of options and continue to work with municipalities to support customers to get to stations other ways such as local transit, biking, walking, ride sharing and carpooling.”

The number of available parking spaces is not keeping pace with the number of people who drive to the stations, she said, leaving many GO Transit customers struggling to find parking.

Aikins said creating more parking spaces is “not economical or good for the environment.”

“GO parking is at capacity at a quarter of our stations,” she said. “We also want to keep transit costs affordable for our customers.”

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