Northlands to sell parking stalls to LRT users for park and ride

Northlands now offers paid park and ride for transit users. Fletcher Kent, Global News

Edmonton transit users in and around Rexall Place now have a new option for park and ride.

On Canada Day, Northlands opened up 654 parking stalls for park and ride users on a first-come, first-serve basis.

LRT passengers can guarantee themselves a parking spot for $75 per month. The parking spaces are located in Lot E near Rexall Place, a short walk from the Coliseum LRT Station.

A report released by the City of Edmonton earlier this year showed demand for park and ride facilities in the city far exceeds the supply, which could lead to more paid stalls.

READ MORE: Edmonton Park and Ride report calls for more reserved parking, higher fees

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The report found 87 per cent of stalls at LRT Park and Ride sites are free – meaning there are charges to park in the remaining 13 per cent – and money is needed to maintain and operate the park and ride facilities.

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Competition for parking stalls is also tight, according to the report, which stated there are 240 assigned stalls at the Century Park lot, but 3,540 people on the waiting list.

A report released by the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board a few weeks later identified short-term options to address the high demand for park and ride stalls, including charging more for reserved parking spots.

READ MORE: How Edmonton plans to address park-and-ride pressures

Drivers will be allowed to park on site from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on statutory holidays. Park and riders must vacate the area by 5 p.m. on event days, Northlands said. Notice of events will be given on site, 72 hours in advance.

Monthly or annual park and ride passes can be purchased online, over the phone at 780-378-7474 or on site at the Northlands Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Northlands park and ride is a private operation, not affiliated with Edmonton Transit’s park and ride lots.

For more information on the Northlands park and ride, visit the organization’s website.

With files from Julia Wong, Global News.

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