Comment 86339

By Noted (anonymous) | Posted February 14, 2013 at 23:28:55

Metrolinx may finally be ready to consider charging GO Transit riders for access to its vast parking lots, which operate mostly on a first-come, first-served basis.

Station parking is one potential revenue stream that could be considered among other taxes and tolls the provincial agency is talking up to fund a massive regional transit expansion.

As recently as last June, Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig said the provincial agency had no plans to change its GO parking policy.

But at a Metrolinx board meeting Wednesday, he suggested that officials might be reconsidering that stance.

“When we look at parking, it can either be parking on a broad basis or it can be very specific, like the parking around transit stations. Yes, it’s something we’re looking at. It’s something we want to get input from the public, the municipalities and stakeholders on. We need to be able to see how it could have a place, or, if it doesn’t have a place, why not,” McCuaig told reporters.

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