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Two city councillors consider daily fees for CTrain parking

Last Updated Dec 4, 2019 at 6:05 am MST

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It’s a proposal that’s likely going to cause quite a buzz among CTrain riders.

Two city councillors are suggesting Calgary Transit revisit charging parking fees for those using the park n’ ride lots.

Ward three councillor Jyoti Gondek says there was a $3 a day fee introduced back in 2009.

“It wasn’t popular at the beginning. I also believe it was when Mayor Nenshi came into his position and he had the support from council to eliminate those fees. I think we need to revisit them.”

She adds, a ridership study found the city was generating revenue when the fees were in place.

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Gondek and fellow councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart introduced an amendment during budget discussions to target new or improved revenue streams including park n’ ride fees.

“There is nothing to say that we couldn’t do this differently than we did last time,” said Gondek. “I think it’s always good to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work. If this is treated like any other parking spot that you would park in then maybe that’s the way to go.”

The proposal isn’t sitting well with many CTrain riders who say they already pay a lot to use the service.

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Currently, there are reserved lots at some CTrain station, where you can pay $85 a month for a parking space. there are also free lots that are first-come, first-serve.