More transit – less parking!
In the “Big Move” 25% of funding was to go to the GTHA municipalities. Of this 25%, 15% was to support local transit improvements. This should have resulted in an annual infusion of $300 million annually to GTHA local transit systems. This would have resulted in large improvements to local transit.
Instead, we have more parking planned at GO stations! It looks like the first mile/last mile will be by car for most GO users.
Even the lower parking scenario, GO will be creating ~ 30,000 additional spaces. At $40,000/space (Clarkson parking facility cost $40 million to create 1000 spaces) this will cost will be over $1.2 Billion!
It would be far more cost effective to invest this money in local transit.
Also, the large parking lots and parking garages surrounding suburban stations will create large barren parking zones. This will make it more difficult to develop pedestrian-friendly mobility hubs around each station.
Also, Metrolinx should be charging for parking at GO Stations. A recent study in Hamilton clearly showed that paid parking will greatly increase the transit modal share1 . Metrolinx needs to review the extensive research on parking strategies carried out by Shoup et al2.
- Pinder, Matt: By the Numbers: Impacts of Paid Parking at Work on Commuter Modal Share, Published July 08, 2015 in “Raise the Hammer”
- Shoup, Donald: The High Cost of Free Parking: Updated Edition Paperback– Apr 1 2011
Submitted by Doug Brown, M.Sc., P.Eng, Chair, Burlington for Accessible Sustainable Transit
November 14, 2017