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Guelph & GO parking debated — City adamant GO parking demand will be met, but exploring other options

By shost at 10:16 am on Friday, October 23, 2009

From the Guelph Mercury comes this City of Guelph debate on GO Parking (http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/551217)

What strikes me as odd about this debate is the lack of vision as to who’s responsibility parking actually is. If the City of Guelph foots the bill for parking, will GO users pay for parking? Would the City share revenue with GO ticket sales to pay for parking in City parking spaces? If GO transit was to build their own lot downtown, would they allow anyone to use their lot or only GO patrons?

These are some of the sticking points that may be debated by GO and the City (or a private parking operator). Despite Vanessa Thomas’s precedent on stations w/o parking (Union Station, Hamilton)  Guelph is very much a car oriented city and there will likely be ‘GrOwing pains’. One thing is for certain, if GO commuters are left paying for City parking downtown and demand for GO service increases rapidly, there will be a lot of unhappy GO commuters looking for a solution.

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Comment by Michael D

October 23, 2009 @ 11:17 am

Hopefully some of them will hit upon the solution of taking transit or cycling instead of parking downtown.

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Comment by Tom West

October 23, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

Is getting people to take the bus to teh station out of the question for some reason?

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Comment by shost

October 28, 2009 @ 8:40 pm

It’s not out of the question, but I doubt the majority of GO users at most stations use transit. Parking seems to be the necesary method of getting people out of their cars, at least in today’s world.

I’m hopeful for some form of transit integration to encourage more users of both systems, and possibly express bus service where it makes sense, but we’ll see what happens if and when it’s launched.

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Comment by Michael D

October 29, 2009 @ 4:47 pm

The thing about providing ample free or cheap parking at commuter stations is that it does nothing good for the form of the local area. It makes it more attractive as a bedroom community, but in a way that encourages local suburban sprawl.

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