Robert Vidal was driving around the Burlington GO station parking lot for 20 minutes trying to find a spot to park his vehicle. Instead, he was met with frustration after multiple vehicles were hogging more than one spot.
“[I] found multiple commuters parking one vehicle in multiple spots,” said Vidal.
Vidal said this isn’t the first time people abuse the parking spots, and that he would like to see a GO Transit bylaw officer patrolling the lots to impose fines of $150 to $200 per extra spot they take up.
Mark Ostler, spokesperson for Metrolinx confirmed with CityNews that the Burlington GO station parking lot is owned by Metrolinx and that they issued a total of 9,315 parking infractions last year.
“We sympathize with our customers who unfortunately encounter such situations,” Ostler said. “We do actively patrol our parking lots and structures, and issue parking infractions.”
Parking tickets range from $50 to $300 for Metroxlinx parking infractions, with the most expensive for parking, stopping or standing vehicles in designated accessible areas.
Occupying more than one space will land you with a whopping $50 ticket.
Parking a vehicle over 48 hours is a $50 ticket and parking a vehicle outside a designated area is also a $50 ticket.
Ostler said that Metrolinx opened a new parking structure in 2008 and recently rehabilitated the parking surface at Burlington GO station.
“This includes 10 designated carpool parking spaces, 1 Zipcar car-share vehicle, reserve secure bicycle parking and bike shelters, Burlington Transit and walking to the station,” he said.
Metrolinx is evaluating Burlington GO station as part of the broader GO rail parking and station access plan.
“The updated plan is scheduled to be completed in 2016 and will identify long term improvements needed to support the station access for Burlington GO.”
But Vidal said the issue is not the Metrolinx service, prices or customer service but that multiple people are continuing to park this way.