Metrolinx considers paid parking at GO Transit stations

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Traveling by GO Transit for those living in far flung corners of the GTA is expensive and is about to get more expensive if one has to factor in parking at GO Transit station parking lots.

Metrolinx the province’s regional transit agency is looking to charge commuters for some spaces that are currently free.

A spokeswoman for Metrolinx said Tuesday the agency is considering a number of options as ridership increases across the system have meant getting a parking space at many GO stations is increasingly difficult.

However, a spokesperson points out that research into parking options at the agency’s bustling stations is at an early stage, and no timeline has been decided upon when paid parking will become a reality.

The transit agency has 77,000 parking spots across the region and the majority are free – with less than 10 per cent currently paid reserved spots that cost riders $98 a month.

According to reports, a quarter of GO station parking lots are currently at capacity.

One idea being considered is increasing the number of reserved parking spots in a gradual manner.

Metrolinx is also working closely with municipalities to ensure commuters have other alternatives to getting to the GO stations on time. This could mean ensuring more frequent and reliable local transit, ride sharing and carpooling.

As more and more people move into the 905 region and beyond, demand for GO will keep rising. Commuters will prefer using public transit over their own vehicles if it is affordable but if paid parking is factored into the cost of a one’s monthly commute, it could impact families operating on very tight budgets. -CINEWS

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