Here where people are parking to go to the newly expanded Auditorium.
- 100 – 200 cars are parked on the grass behind Shepard School (at least 2 rows)
- More cars are parked on the grass between the driveway off Borden and the playground
- A half dozen cars are parked on the grass off Stirling near East Ave.
These are all predictable because it is exactly what happened the last time the Auditorium expanded. Why was there no attempt to try to stop this known problem?
- Cars are lined down McKenzie from the Aud to Ottawa in a 1 hour zone (a few may be neighbours but not all)
Immediate safety issue
Cars are legally parked on both sides of Krug Street from East to the expressway. But doing so limits visibility for traffic crossing Krug and narrows it extremely for traffic along Krug.
Call centre refuses to take call
When I called the call centre to report the illegal cars (including another on Crescent beside the stop sign at Borden), they wouldn’t take my complaint because I needed the license plate numbers of each vehicle. Really? I got referred to an off duty supervisor.
Future safety issues
- Randerson which a year ago had only a couple dozen cars on both sides is now 3/4 full on both sides. In the winter, emergency vehicles will be unable to make it down this dead end street. Why hasn’t anything been done to implement one sided parking in the winter yet? A similar situation is on Glendale.
- Parking is now happening on both sides of Melrose on the far side of Krug. Expect residents to want winter parking restrictions similar to the other side of Melrose.
- Dumfries now has cars parked from Krug to Frederick Mall narrowing an always busy stretch.
Where will they park in the winter?
Melrose and Borden both have more than 100 cars (check a previous post for how many) that won’t be able to park on one side in the winter? Where will they go?? People are already legally parking in large numbers where they have never parked before such as Sheldon, Chapel, further down Cameron, deeper into the neighbourhood streets between Stirling and Krug.
In places that weren’t in the parking study! But that I predicted even some that I didn’t. Where will all these cars go in the winter?
- The car pool lot was full! As recommended by the Auditorium Neighbourhood Association, the minimum should be 4 people as presented by the Rangers to city council in February. It would also help to expand the car pool area or use a bigger lot as the ANA and I requested in the spring when we learned the planned 100 new parking spaces in the parking lot would not happen for this season.
- Fans have embraced the Rangers Express! I understand some buses were full. There sounds like there is room for additional buses at some locations. The greatest potential for improvement is downtown where there is plenty of parking. Can people park in city lots for free? If not, could they? I’ve been asking for a year. Do people know they could park in the Manulife lot off Water for free?
- Paid parking well used! I heard complaints on Twitter about the cost but it is reasonable for a full season plus playoffs. People are willing to pay since the lot looked pretty full. Let’s expand it!
- Apparently there are some kind of passes available from GRT. But there were no details in the material sent to fans. It says to look on the GRT website that doesn’t appear to have any info–at least not easily found. Nor have I seen any publicity for this option as I have seen for the Rangers Express. What are the improved routes promised in the flyer? How many buses are using that route 8 stop across from the Aud that is mentioned in the hour before the game?
- The Rangers website has great info on carpooling, the Rangers Express and paid parking. But none of it is easy to find from the front page. You need to guess that it is in the Fan Zone and then each is on a different page without any link to the other transit/parking options to being on the street or illegally parking.
- The city distributed a good information package to local residents on Wednesday including a copy of the transportation information given to Ranger season ticket holders.
All this was predicted by me a year ago
I predicted all of these problems a year ago when I asked where people will park, questioned assumptions in the parking study and made recommendations. The positive steps are great! But they are not nearly enough. Not yet. I understand we’re just getting started but as far as I’m concerned, we’re already behind when we never needed to be.
I’ve been promised that things will get better and that the city and the fans are both on a learning curve. I knew that before tonight but the learning curve is much steeper than even I anticipated.
Let’s speed up that learning curve. Where will all the illegally parked cars park on Sunday? Next Friday??
Let’s be sure Grand River Transit is a much larger part of the solution for a sizable number of fans ASAP. That should mean shuttles from the iXpress at Charles and Ottawa and the downtown terminal as I have called for since last fall.