During the first week of May, Edmonton Transit System had a survey available to riders and non-riders about changes coming to LRT Park and Ride. Four locations – Century Park, Clareview, Belvedere and Stadium – will see an increase in the number of reserved monthly stalls and monthly parking rates. There is also the potential to add time-limited stalls.
Currently, Edmonton’s Park and Ride lots offer about 85 per cent free parking. The rates haven’t changed since 2010 and average about $2-$3/day to park. In addition, LRT parking lots tend to fill up by the early morning hours and there are about 4,600 people on a waitlist for a reserved stall.
We have heard concerns from surrounding businesses and communities about spillover parking. The survey included questions and information about the impact on the surrounding neighbourhoods, as well as information on the Residential Parking Programs offered by the City of Edmonton.
The changes to the LRT Park and Rides are set to take place by September 1 once ETS has reviewed the survey results and presents to the Transportation Committee on June 22.
While September may seem far away now, it will be here before we know it. ETS Park and Ride users may need to consider other options to get to LRT stations, such as bussing or carpooling, and surrounding communities are encouraged to explore their parking program options now.
Even with the changes, the goal remains to keep transit affordable and accessible. For more information on LRT Park and Ride, visit www.edmonton.ca/ets/park-and-ride.aspx.
For details on the City’s Residential Parking programs, visit www.edmonton.ca/transportation/driving_carpooling/residential-parking.aspx.