Letters to the Editor

It’s become a pain to park


Re: Pay-park machines a ‘hot’ item at bus loop, Dec. 24.

As daily commuters – and I am just one of hundreds, obviously, as they had to create a secondary parking lot, as so many cars were unable to park at the South Surrey Park & Ride – we have been treated horribly since last fall.

We are the backbone of the system. We pay the highest fares.

Since forcing riders to pay for parking, use of the lot for morning commute has dropped 40 per cent or so. Usually, the lot would have been 90 per cent full at 7 a.m. Now, you can park in the first few rows.

To add insult to the injury of now having to pay for the use of this transit hub, where once there were three pay stations, now they have given us one machine to be used.

The machines are being stolen at a rapid rate – perhaps for the credit card information in the swipe mechanism – and now they want you to line up in a queue of 20 people? It is a slow process to pay for your parking.

What is behind this disgusting treatment of their daily, loyal commuters?

Way to go, TransLink. I can’t think of a reason why people would continue to use this system.

Natalie Chadwick, Surrey



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