TransLink is considering changes at its park-and-ride locations that could discourage commuters from using the transit parking lots.
TransLink manages 19 lots, with thousands of parking stalls. But, while they’re popular with transit users, the cash-strapped transit authority is reconsidering the expense involved.
"There's certainly a value to park and rides. We understand it’s an important convenience. There's also a cost," TransLink spokesman Jason Martin said Wednesday.
Martin said each parking stall can cost up to $18,000 in original capital costs and a further $800 a year to maintain.
That's a big expense, especially for locations that are well served by bus routes. So TransLink is considering ways to get drivers to leave their cars at home and take a bus instead.
"Pricing is one effective way to do that," Martin said.
Other tactics could include reducing the number of parking spaces.
One park-and-ride user CBC News spoke to Wednesday said TransLink might want to encourage her to use a bus to get to the SkyTrain or Canada Line, but for her it’s not a realistic option.
"The bus only runs about every 30 minutes in my neighbourhood and it’s not always on schedule. So I mean you can go there, it's 10 minutes early so you've missed it."
Martin said TransLink has been studying park-and-rides for the past year and will consult with municipalities to get their input.
The proposed changes will be announced in the next few months.