When the lots for the stations were purchased, they often purchased extra land which can be converted into additional parking space. In other cases, he says, they’ve had to go and buy extra land.
“We’re adding capacity, which we believe will help us for a little while, but it may not solve all our problems,” he says. Something else they’re looking at is pricing. “We may start charging for parking to either generate revenue to purchase more space or to try to encourage people to use buses or carpool to the lot.” He adds, “We don’t know that we can always build our way out of every shortage of parking. We may have to use other techniques.
“The long-term is looking at how we can better manage parking so that we can encourage people to use the buses to a great extent, or bicycle, carpool or vanpool to get to the rail line.”
Looking to the Future
At APTA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., APTA President William W. Millar noted record ridership shows the clear demand for public transit. “Now more than ever, the value of public transportation is evident and the public has clearly demonstrated that they want and need more public transit services."