Controversy over DART Parking Fee Proposal

Great story at Dallas Morning News Transportation Blog:

An editorial that ran on the subject last year said in part:

Drivers from outside DART’s 13 member cities would pay a recommended $2 a day to park, on top of a $4 round-trip rail ticket. DART’s staff estimates that 35 percent of those potential DART customers would keep driving to a station with free parking. Another 5 percent would forget about transit and just keep driving.

Those outcomes run counter to DART’s core mission of taking cars off the road and relieving traffic congestion. Instead, the agency should focus on ways to fulfill that mission and fill every lot – not just remote suburban ones – so they at least have a parking problem to solve. The park-and-rides should be better promoted and better marked, with improved access.

Other posts on this blog:
1) Should DART charge for parking?
2) DART parking revisited — the Plano problem
3) DART’s pay-to-park idea gets cool reception

But would it make sense, though, to apply that principle to park-and-rides like this one at Arapaho.

More from DallasObserver:

What’s Wrong with DART? The Suburbs.

No, no, no — not that same old crap again about how we need to get more suburbs to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit, our regional rail system. The suburbs are what’s wrong with DART. Screw the suburbs. Dallas needs to quit DART and let the suburbs go build their own damn rail system.

There’s a new push now to charge higher fares on the trains for passengers who live in suburbs that are not DART members. It’s a way of blackmailing those cities into joining: Hey, if you don’t join DART, we’ll charge your citizens more to ride the train, and they’ll get mad and vote you out of office.

There are so many problems with that reasoning. Where do I start? First of all, suburban people don’t know how to vote. They don’t even know that they live in municipalities. They think their subdivisions are their towns.

But worse than that, we don’t want more of them to join DART anyway. They’ve been nothing but dead weight from the beginning.

Read remainder of the story at the Dallas Observer

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