While heading out Montreal en route to cottage country this past weekend, we passed by the new, massive park and ride station, conveniently situated next to the 401. Presently, the Montreal Street/401 park and ride consists of few winding lanes, signs to direct the flow of traffic and some unfinished parking areas, all of which is still under construction. It doesn’t look like much yet, however this station will eventually be used by commuters who want to drop off their vehicles and take public transportation into the city. The ultimate aim of the park and ride is to decrease traffic congestion, reduce emissions, increase Kingston Transit ridership, and reduce the number of commuters requiring parking in high demand areas. With these lofty goals in mind, this week’s poll question asks:
The Montreal Street park and ride will:
- not improve our transit woes. (62%, 39 Votes)
- decrease traffic congestion. (16%, 10 Votes)
- improve parking availability. (11%, 7 Votes)
- help congestion and parking. (11%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 63
During the lead up to our last federal election, a few of the candidates remarked that Kingstonians are overly reliant on automobiles, more so than other cities of the same size. This might not be breaking news to a lot of local residents, especially when you review council’s draft list of priority capital infrastructure projects, which is riddled with lane and road expansions as well as more downtown parking. Park and ride stations have been quite successful in other Canadian cities, but are they a good fit for the Limestone City? Can a single park and ride station clear up our congested streets and parking lots? How many of these hubs are needed to solve Kingston’s transportation woes? Please drop off a comment or two and let us know what you think about the park and ride program. Will you use it?