L.A. Metro System: We Will Start Ripping Off Rail Users By Charging for Parking

Drug dealers give away freebies of drugs, pot and other dangerous substances. The goal is to hook people on the drugs, and then they will pay anything to get a fix. Those running the LA MTA are no different than a drug dealer. “Use our buses and you get free parking.” For a short while. Then when hooked you start paying for the parking—and little by little the fares go up, the parking costs go up. Even with that less that 30% of the cost of operating a government transportation system is paid from the fare box.

“The free parking at some Los Angeles Metro stations may soon be coming to an end as the transit agency considers a pilot program to convert no-charge parking spots to paid ones.

The program is intended to manage parking demand at busy stations, help pay for building and operational costs for parking garages, and deter non-transit users from filling up the available spots. Those who don’t take transit would be charged a significantly higher rate.”

The drug dealers and government operatives know how to hook and destroy individuals and communities. The government transportation systems, like the choo choo train to nowhere are meant to harm families and jobs—not help us—the unions and crony capitalists make the money and we lose the money and freedom. Don’t buy drugs, stop using government transportation.

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Metro considers charging for parking at 9 stations

Meghan McCarty, KPCC, 2/18/16

A parking garage being built at the new Monrovia station on the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Most of Metro’s parking is currently free, but a new proposal would impose charges. LA MTA

The free parking at some Los Angeles Metro stations may soon be coming to an end as the transit agency considers a pilot program to convert no-charge parking spots to paid ones.

The program is intended to manage parking demand at busy stations, help pay for building and operational costs for parking garages, and deter non-transit users from filling up the available spots. Those who don’t take transit would be charged a significantly higher rate.

The Metro board will get its first glimpse of the proposal next week when the agency’s staff presents a report at a meeting on Feb. 25. A board vote on adopting the new parking plan would take place in March or later. Then if approved, the plan would take effect in May or thereafter.

If the proposal is adopted, Metro riders would be charged the following all-day fees at these stations:

  • Sierra Madre Villa (Pasadena) on the Gold Line, $2
    • Atlantic (East L.A.) on the Gold Line, $2
    • North Hollywood on the Red Line, $3
    • Universal on the Red Line, $3
    • Culver City on the Expo Line, $2
    • La Cienega/Jefferson (Los Angeles) on the Expo Line, $2
    • Expo/Bundy (West L.A.) on the Expo Line extension (opening later in 2016), $2
    • Expo/Sepulveda (West L.A.) on the Expo Line extension (opening later in 2016), $2
    • 17th Street/SMC (Santa Monica) on the Expo Line extension (opening later in 2016), $2

Non-Metro riders would pay a daily fee up to 10 times higher than that charged transit riders. TAP card readers installed at the garages would be used to verify transit use.

 

 

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Comments

  1. This comes under the heading of *LMAO!!!

    Do not know what it means look it up.

    Cars Are Basic, has stated for 18 years the end game of supposed environmental traffic planning is to take your automobiles away from you and let only the wealthy have that privilege. Does it sound like the 1800 ghetto living of high density Henry Ford helped do away with? It should because the “anti” crowd want exactly that. It is “BACK THE PASTS” to paraphrase a popular movie.

    The game is to charge you to park, deferring the garbage hole of debt public transportation has hung around the neck of the taxpayer. Of course when you decide you do not want to pay for the parking (bet on it, soon it will be $10-$15 per day) they will then tell you they will put in bus routes that will cost the taxpayer even more money. Just to get you to the rail head.

    Control personal travel and you control a vast sector of society and how it works.

  2. This part seems right at least:

    “And deter non-transit users from filling up the available spots. Those who don’t take transit would be charged a significantly higher rate.”

    If that’s all they want to do then just install a machine that reads Metrocards and/or one that sells them at the point of entry to the parking lot rather than just the train.

  3. Jake Wegmann says

    “Don’t buy drugs, stop using government transportation”

    Wait, I’m confused–surely you’re not urging your readers to stop driving their cars? Because last time I checked, cars rely on taxpayer-subsidized local roads and freeways, otherwise known as “government transportation.”

    Or is it that only driving on government-subsidized roads counts as freedom, whereas riding on government-subsidized transit facilities is akin to buying drugs from a drug dealer?

    Please help me understand.

  4. Eric Bierce says

    Why is it okay to charge for riding transit (“Even with that less that [sic] 30% of the cost of operating a government transportation system is paid from the fare box.”), but it’s not okay to charge for using the parking structures, which cost a lot of money for the 10 percent of Metro riders who use them? If you do an economic analysis of the value of a parking space at a Metro station, accounting for land, construction and maintenance, you’ll probably find that that value is $2,000-3,000 per year, or $6-10 per day. Based on those values, $2-3 per day for parking sounds reasonable and fair. If you don’t want to pay that price, you have the option of walking, biking or using transit to get to the train station, all of which are free (assuming free transfers to transit). Or you can stay in your car and pay for gas and parking at your destination.

  5. Charging for parking is basically a great idea. It helps to regulate the use of the facilities. Too many users? Raise the rent. Also as a byproduct it helps to pay for things used. In this case, the structure used by the driving public. Why should I be paying for that? I’m already paying for the roads you drive on. And no, you’re not paying that much more than me (non-driver). Take a look at what we, the US pay in relation to all the other industrialized nations, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_tax the only nation paying less than the US is Mexico! How bout paying your share drivers?

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