Auckland Transport have had a ‘Midvale School for the gifted’ moment this week with the release of their parking brain farts.
And the AA is pointing out just how dumb it is.
The introduction of parking charges at Auckland’s network of park & ride stations could add to traffic congestion and encourage a commuter culture, says the Automobile Association, which thinks it goes against Auckland Transport’s aim to create a “shift to public transport”.
The objective is set out in a discussion paper looking at putting parking fees or time limits into more parts of the city.
Income from park & ride sites has been proposed to help pay for adding to the 5300 spaces available at the current stations around the city. Spaces would need to treble to about 15,000 by the year 2040 because of demand, the document says.
The AA warned charging people for a space could defeat the purpose of park & ride facilities. “At this point, we’d be sceptical about it,” said AA Auckland Transport spokesman Barney Irvine.
“Our main concern is it could have a perverse effect, it could result in more people driving than using public transport.”
Fees at park & ride facilities could make it too expensive for people to catch public transport, meaning more cars would end up on the road and add to the city’s traffic woes, Mr Irvine said.
The AA would not support the proposal unless there was “compelling modelling to support it”.
So, is the idea by AT to charge park and ride commuters for the car parking an epic failure or genius? You decide. We’re too busy sitting in bewilderment.
– NZ Herald