SOUTH SURREY — The South Surrey Park and Ride expansion is set to open on or before Nov. 4, and Coun. Barbara Steele is taking issue with TransLink deciding to charge different rates for the park and ride sites in the city.
Parking at the South Surrey Park and Ride was previously free, but in 2012, TransLink announced plans to look at bringing pay paying to all free park and ride operations it runs.
Not all of those costs have been decided, but a TransLink representative told Surrey's transportation and infrastructure committee that the South Surrey operation would cost $2 a day. Currently, a day pass for parking at Scott Road Station is $3. While there are parking spots at King George Station, those are run by a private company. Steele questioned why the rates would be different.
"The discrepancy for parking spots was kind of the final straw for me. Why would TransLink even think about that? Why would they have two different rates?" Steele asked.
"It's like a red flag to a bull. It's just really annoying. They say it's based on equity - well equity of what?" Steele said based on the concept of who has the most money, it would be logical to put cheaper rates in North Surrey.
"And not that that is really true anymore, there's some very expensive places in North Surrey as well, but generally speaking if you're going to pay equity, you would reverse it. It just seems to me that somebody sat at the TransLink office somewhere and said, 'Oh well, we'll charge $2 for this lot,' and never even looked at what was being charged for the rest of the lots."
TransLink says the costs depend on a number of factors such as customer demand and costs of maintenance and operations.
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