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Pay parking opens up in the Parliamentary Triangle

By johnboy - 15 May 2013 76

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It’s been talked about for years, and announced in last night’s budget. Pay parking in the parliamentary triangle is coming.

This will mean the more important departments lose the perk of free parking, but at least some rationalism will come into the parking which will mean visitors can get a spot (even if they have to pay for it).

The National Capital Authority has opened a discussion on the balance of short and long stay parking:

The National Capital Authority invites public comment on the allocation of car parks for long stay and short stay. Four discussion boards, which have been broken down by area, are available for comments.

The aim of this consultation is to determine the optimal mix of short stay and long stay spaces within the overall pay parking arrangements.

One way or another, the pay parking kicks off from 1 July 2014.

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Pay parking opens up in the Parliamentary Triangle
Zan 2:20 pm 15 May 13

It may well stop the people parking in the Parliamentary Triangle who then either walk, ride or catch the bus the rest of the way to work in Civic.

vulpior 1:41 pm 15 May 13

Morgan said :

This will solve the parking shortage in those areas won’t it?

I think that putting pay parking at the National Museum might be unnecessary as its a bit far away for commuters to park. Otherwise it will make it much easier to find somewhere to park in the triangle, its funny that the Commonwealth will be able to install credit card machines faster than the ACT Government

The National Museum does need to be included. I do some contracting there and always try to make sure I’m going there at the start of the day rather than part way through. When I’ve been on weekdays with visitors it’s been very hard to get a park.

Arriving there in the morning, the car park fills from two directions. The spaces that are marked as reserved for staff in the early part of the day, plus the spaces nearest the Museum fill, presumably with bona fide staff and volunteers. Meanwhile, the end nearest the entrance is filling up. People leaving those vehicles generally head away from the Museum. Some of them probably are doing the shorter walk onto the ANU campus, but there are many who switch footwear to joggers, change into running gear or pull a bike out of the vehicle; I’m sure these are headed for Civic where they would otherwise have to pay.

Policing the posted four hour limit and identifying staff cars and their eligibility to park in staff places would also work, but I have no qualms about paying for using spaces when I need to, there or anywhere else in the Triangle.

Madam Cholet 12:09 pm 15 May 13

I’m getting a bit fed up of hearing Gary Humphries sound bite saying that public servants are being slugged another $2600 a year for doing their jobs. Well woo hoo Gary. Come and work in the city where the majority have been slugged for parking since the day dot. It’s about time so get used to it.

Assuming that the NCA will not install aged coin guzzling machines. They could look at a post-parking payment system that will allow cultural institutions to validate parking tickets for their visitors making them free. I’m sure it could work. Or at least a two hours free system.

dpm 12:05 pm 15 May 13

johnboy said :

During my brief stint in Barton I had a bus running literally door to door.

I still drove because the parking was free.

$10 a day would have made allll the difference. Hope they’ve got the extra capacity though.

The intersection of National Circuit and Kings Avenue already looks like a bus interchange.

Yep, the triangle seems well set out for a bus loop. Plus one side is on the main bus route between Woden and civic. Could be worse! Besides, apparently ~50% of the adult population could do with a bit more exercise, so a ten min stroll shouldn’t hurt! Maybe we’re all getting a bit precious nowadays?

Erg0 12:00 pm 15 May 13

Interesting that the DFAT staff car park is excluded,while all the surrounding car parks are going to start charging. Suspect it’s something to do with the ownership of the land, but this is going to create a bit of an inequity between departments…

PBO 11:56 am 15 May 13

This is what happens when the NCA artificially increases the demand for parking by reducing what is available.

johnboy 11:35 am 15 May 13

During my brief stint in Barton I had a bus running literally door to door.

I still drove because the parking was free.

$10 a day would have made allll the difference. Hope they’ve got the extra capacity though.

The intersection of National Circuit and Kings Avenue already looks like a bus interchange.

planeguy 11:29 am 15 May 13

So let’s hope the Feds do a better job than the local mob. Given that ACT government system is not too be used, let’s hope that there are electronic payment means, including ad hoc payments by CC for tourists, smart phone /account based systems for regulars etc… The days of carrying more coinage than is definable as legal tender needs to stop.

johnboy 11:29 am 15 May 13

My bad. 2014.

The Great Bambino 11:28 am 15 May 13

From the NCA website:

Pay parking in these areas will commence on 1 July 2014 to assist with ongoing parking management on National Land.The introduction of pay parking aims to prioritise spaces for visitors to the National Institutions.

Not coming in this year as OP suggested
Even with the impending election there’s plenty of time to have it protested, watered-down, discussed, focus grouped and forgotten.

c_c™ 11:28 am 15 May 13

Good to see volunteers won’t be slugged. I do hope though the fees will apply to the senior management who presently have Commonwealth reserved spaces. I.e. NCA chief and his minions should have to pay up.

Yogie 11:21 am 15 May 13

The NMA battles with ANU staff and students, rather than public servants.

I work in the triangle and have enjoyed the perks of the free parking. However, I also work in a cultural instutition and our visitors struggle to find a park and our visitation suffers. So I welcome pay parking but hope a few more buses are added. I will happily take the bus, but the ones which service me only go at what I feel are very odd times, and too early for me to leave work at the end of the day.

Ghettosmurf87 11:20 am 15 May 13

Pretty sure the date in the link is 1 July 2014, not 2013?

Morgan 11:05 am 15 May 13

This will solve the parking shortage in those areas won’t it?

I think that putting pay parking at the National Museum might be unnecessary as its a bit far away for commuters to park. Otherwise it will make it much easier to find somewhere to park in the triangle, its funny that the Commonwealth will be able to install credit card machines faster than the ACT Government

FioBla 10:59 am 15 May 13

Cost of bicycle parking rises by 300%.

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