Civic parking fees go up up up

johnboy 1 July 2009 76

The ABC is warning that a lot of parking fees in Canberra are set to nearly double from Monday:

    An all-day ticket at a City West car park, between Marcus Clarke Street and Gordon Street, will rise from $5 to $9.

    Meanwhile, drivers parking at either of the two carparks near Phillip Oval in Woden, will pay $6 per day, up from $3.60.

    ACT Transport Regulation and Planning manager Rod Paul says the new fees will apply to a total of 773 spaces.

On the bright side it might free up some spaces for the short term parkers.

Motorists champion, the Liberals’ Alistair Coe, is appalled:

    “That’s a huge 80 per cent increase. For 50 working weeks, this accumulates to an extra $1000 a year for commuters.

    “Two car parks in Woden – the car park north of Launceston Street and west of Phillip Oval, and the temporary car park east of Philip Oval, will see increases of 67 per cent (from $3.60 a day to $6.00 a day).

    “Commuters are being forced to pay for this Government’s years of waste and mismanagement.

    “It is unfair to slug people extra for car parking at a time when there is no strategy to improve parking in any of Canberra’s town centres.

Can anyone explain the model of Government being advocated in that last par?


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Lilli Lilli 2:04 pm 06 Jul 09

@Grrrr – I’ve only ever caught the bus as a cyclist once for free and was put off by how difficult the bloody bike racks were to use.

I catch the bus every day to and from work and don’t really have much hesitation in paying (it’s clearly much more economical than parking..). I was merely pointing out the hypocrisy of encouraging people to perhaps cycle to work but for those who wouldn’t make it the whole way, a bus fare is now also in order..

Anna Key Anna Key 9:02 am 04 Jul 09

My boss decided that weshould relocate to Woden from Tuggers (in the free parking eraa), effectively giving us a $40 pf pay cut – his parking was paid for. So we either misused the 3 for free by getting in each others’ cars or would disappear every two hours to move the cars around the car park.

Of course, the 3 for free at Woden has now been moved to make car pooling more inconvenient

James-T-Kirk James-T-Kirk 9:40 am 03 Jul 09

@Skidbladnir: “The charge like bulls on cyclists is also odd, since their major selling point to cyclists last election was that the “Bring a bike, ride free” program would continue.”

Hmmm – Which bit of “Their lips are moving – they must be sprouting forth bullshit” escapes you? — Rule of thumb – Pollys say what the public want to hear to win the popularity contest that is the election…..

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:34 am 03 Jul 09

gift said :

Yep got a parking ticked today, could not find a parking space opposite Mooseheads, so I parked at a meter, put $2 in, when I went back to my car I had a ticked, not fare as there is no parkin available.

You’ll have to explain that one to me again. So far I have: you got a parking spot, but there were no spots available, and you paid for a short-term ticket, which ran out, and you got booked, which was unfair as you weren’t able to find a parking spot except for the parking spot where you got booked.

Chop71 Chop71 2:58 am 03 Jul 09

maybe they are saving the cash grab to fund some light rail down the track…. fingers crossed.

gift gift 1:05 am 03 Jul 09

Yep got a parking ticked today, could not find a parking space opposite Mooseheads, so I parked at a meter, put $2 in, when I went back to my car I had a ticked, not fare as there is no parkin available.

RatsNest RatsNest 10:54 pm 02 Jul 09

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Used to use the bus, getting to work was a 1 hour trip (15 min drive in peak hour)… and to get home, 2 hours over 3 busses.

That sounds quite extraordinary. Could you tell us the departure and destination suburbs?

particular suburbs no.

But i work outside of the city and live in a suburb around belco. trip time is insane because no busses meet up. bus to city gets me there just in time to miss intercity to belco. belco bus arrives 10 mins after bus home leaves thus a long walk or long wait for next bus. same story for all busses departing work area.

sepi sepi 3:53 pm 02 Jul 09

They are building on the Legislative Assembly carpark next I think. And the last open air bit behind the ATO.

Sure the new skyscrapers will have some private parking for their staff underneath. Many of those will drive as their job comes with a free carpark, so that is additional people coming to work in civic.

So replacing existing carparks with spaces for APS high-ups is not going to solve the problem of people popping into Civic at lunchtime and having nowhere to park except the multistorey attached to the mall.

No wonder the shops away from the mall are dying off.

Grrrr Grrrr 3:23 pm 02 Jul 09

Unlike housing, parking is still waay cheaper than Sydney or Melbourne, where you’d spend up to $30 for the same thing.

Lilli – oh no, you and your bike don’t get to ride the bus for free anymore, only your bike does? Ride the whole way, tighty. It’s much nicer than getting on a bus.

PigDog PigDog 2:39 pm 02 Jul 09

G-Fresh: It is all well and good to have a strategy. But the reality is that 172 car owners will be losing their parking spaces. It is not replacing like with like by saying that 172 private parking spaces will be created to replace the public long stay ones.

The strategy is obviously flawed if you can bring more people into an area, but decrease the parking spaces for them.

Igglepiggle Igglepiggle 2:09 pm 02 Jul 09

Um, isn’t it just about supply and demand? If noone paid the prices, they wouldn’t be able to charge them. But seeing as everyone will bitch a bit then pay the new prices, there’s not much you can do about it.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:58 pm 02 Jul 09

And quoting, I suck at it, again.

That sounds quite extraordinary. Could you tell us the departure and destination suburbs?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 1:57 pm 02 Jul 09

RatsNest said :

la mente torbida said :

Used to use the bus, getting to work was a 1 hour trip (15 min drive in peak hour)… and to get home, 2 hours over 3 busses.

That sounds quite extraordinary. Could you tell us the departure and destination suburbs?

RatsNest RatsNest 1:41 pm 02 Jul 09

la mente torbida said :

Okay…hands up. Who has actually used the buses, rather than just bitch about them? Have been catching the bus recently from inner south to Tuggeranong…two buses and 35 minutes door to door (takes me 20 minutes in the car) and the new $3.80 fare covers all bus travel over a ninety minute period, not just a single section.

Used to use the bus, getting to work was a 1 hour trip (15 min drive in peak hour)… and to get home, 2 hours over 3 busses. Seriously, how is that considered viable? I can choose to spend 30 mins a day in the car and do any errands that are needed or i can spend 3 hours on the bus / waiting at bus stops.

If the ACT gov wants to call the busses an option, maybe they should have to catch them for at least a week!

zig zig 1:33 pm 02 Jul 09

Hmmmm an hour riding buses to get to work, an hour riding buses to get home…plus wait time….yeah right! I’d rather drive the 20-30 mins each way and pay parking. It’s just so much more convenient.

peterh peterh 1:13 pm 02 Jul 09

la mente torbida said :

@photoetext

Yes, I know the $3 fare covered the 90 minutes, but I was replying to the earlier posts suggesting it was for a single ride.

And the travel time, I was surprised by the speed as I used to catch the reverse bus from home to Civic – single bus 30 minutes (and only 8-10 minutes by car).

Am I lucky? I suppose so. Very lucky? No, I missed out on on lotto the other night.

I catch the bus when I have to. i don’t enjoy the idea of standing in close proximity to members of the human zoo who missed the announcements that wiping your nose with your hand will help to spread the flu, or that you should cover your mouth to cough, or sneeze into a tissue or hanky. every flu season, i have caught the flu just by discovering the plusses of buses. I am fortunate that the business i work for has paid parking spaces at work, the use of the bus is to avoid trying to find a park in civic. There isn’t much of a problem for me to find a park, I am prepared to trek from the carpark to my destination when it isn’t raining, but the last couple of days have been downright miserable.

perhaps the car park area next to the LA could become more parks with the removal of the permit parking, the gardens, and the trees. must be at least 10 spaces wasted by concrete.

Granny Granny 1:07 pm 02 Jul 09

random said :

I thought the fare increases were advertised more than adequately, too.

Also which bit of ‘my kids didn’t know about it’ don’t you understand?

Adequately for you, maybe. Obviously inadequately for several other posters who were unaware of the changes.

Thumper Thumper 12:59 pm 02 Jul 09

So get a 10-ride ticket for $25 (up from $22). Good grief

Which bit of easier and more comfortable don’t you understand?

ant ant 12:52 pm 02 Jul 09

I really wonder why businesses and departments choose to locate themselves in Civic and Woden, it would seem that how their workers are to get to work isn’t something that rates highly in the decision-making process. Particularly with departments and businesses that have recently decided to re-locate to these districts… I know that many people will decide not to seek positions with them based on their location.

random random 12:48 pm 02 Jul 09

Nearly four bucks for a bus trip. It’s cheaper for me to drive. Much cheaper. And easier, and more comfortable.

So get a 10-ride ticket for $25 (up from $22). Good grief.

I thought the fare increases were advertised more than adequately, too.

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