Strathcona County addressed complaints about a lack of parking at its Bethel Transit Terminal.
The terminal seems like an easy fix to transportation problems, especially for university students, with multiple routes running frequently to Downtown Edmonton. But a lack of parking can create havoc, especially for those on a tight schedule.
Complaints due to a lack of parking come most often in September and January, as a new term begins for students and commuters are trying to organize their routines, said communications and marketing specialist at Strathcona County, Sheryl Mayko.
There are currently 1200 parking spots at the Transit Terminal, and Mayko says there are no plans to add more.
"When we built the terminal, we put as many spots as we could on the land that we had. We are looking at doing some public engagement later this year to find out what our community is interested in doing with local transit, and I'm sure parking will be part of that conversation," she said.
Strathcona County urges residents to take advantage of local transit routes to avoid parking problems at the Terminal. For those commuting from outside Sherwood Park, Mayko suggests carpooling or purchasing a monthly "advantage parking" pass for $35. There is also a limited amount of street parking surrounding the terminal, but Mayko advises residents to be aware of signage.
"Depending on where you live, often your local bus stop is closer to your house than the furthest corner of the parking lot is [to the Terminal]."
Parking passes sell out fast, and avoidance of parking troubles often requires some planning ahead.