Comment 112660

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted July 08, 2015 at 09:38:30 in reply to Comment 112657

But this article specifically addresses that point by comparing car commuting percentages for people who have and don't have free parking at work.

If it were in fact "impossible" (or even very difficult) to get to work except by car one would expect very little difference, whereas simply having to pay (probably not much) for parking encourages a lot of people to look for alternatives.

Remember that monthly parking rates would likely to be at least a bit higher than the $87 HSR pass rate to encourage most people to take the bus instead of drive. I doubt that many employers charge anywhere near that rate (and even private downtown parking is significantly cheaper). I really don't understand how the City can claim parking is in short supply when it is cheaper than a bus pass!

Another way of levelling the playing field would be for employers to offer a choice of free transit passes or free parking. In France employers with more than 9 employees pay a tax between 0.6% and 1.8% (depending on population and level of transit service)... on total salaries to cover transit. The idea is that these businesses rely on transit to get their employees to work. In return, they get half price transit passes for each employee.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-07-08 09:43:52

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