Metrolinx looking at more paid parking in GO station lots: Toronto Star

January 14, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

Metrolinx, the regional transit agency which operates GO Transit, is studying the prospect of converting a larger portion of paid or reserved parking for its 77,000 spots at GO stations across the GTA. Currently, fewer than 10 per cent of its parking spots are paid or reserved. 

Although no plans have been approved yet, Metrolinx is grappling with finding ways to collaborate with municipalities and reduce reliance on parking, noting that simply creating more parking spots is “not economical or good for the environment.”

For Matti Siemiatycki, interim director of the University of Toronto’s School of Cities, the suggested changes are overdue due to the costs of building and maintaining structured parking lots. 

“GO is going to increasingly look at those sites and say is there a way we can do something different to provide housing, places to work or have recreation. This is part of a bigger story… [Paid GO station parking] will be hotly debated, but people will continue to ride GO.”

Read the full article in the Toronto Star