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Commuter parking fee increase on horizon

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It's about to get more expensive to park your car in Naperville to take Metra trains to Chicago. Naperville says it's about time for a commuter parking fee increase.

Naperville's Transportation Advisory Board will consider a proposed increase for commuter parking permit fees during its March 1 meeting.

TAB will accept public comments regarding the proposed increase during the meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. in council chambers of the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.

Following TAB's discussion, a recommendation will proceed to the City Council for final approval. If approved, this will be the first commuter parking fee increase for Naperville since 1995, the city said in a release.

The city is conducting a study on commuter parking permit fees to determine if sufficient revenue from the existing fees is available for future anticipated expenses. The study also will provide the foundation to consider an increase in commuter parking permit fees as a potential means of financing future commuter-related capital and transit, technological and staffing improvements. The study also will compare current parking fees to those in other communities along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line.

What do you think, is a fee increase justified? What other issues regarding commuter parking in Naperville would you like to see addressed?

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Eli Hodapp's back complaining about Naperville again. He's a real busybody.

The town is ignoring the issue because commuters don't have a voice. Downtown businesses got their paking decks built because they have a united representation. I urge all the commuters to show up at the meeting and let the town know that we really exist. Let us ask them to build a parking deck or lease the land to a private parking company. Any parking company would see the business oppurtunity and immediately build a parking deck. Thus easing the situation and making extra money for the town.

The city needs to seriously address the commuter parking issue. My wife and I have to walk a mile and half to and from the train each day. On days like today the city owned sidewalks near Seager Park are extremely dangerous(solid ice). They have never been plowed. Only a handful of the business on Ogden shovel their walks. The mayor's walk wasn't shoveled yesterday either. The city needs to provide us a safe alternative method of getting to and from the train given the lack of parking they will provide.

The Pace bus is something i would consider if there were a safe way to cross Ogden.

Your December 11, 2007 issue of the Sun has an article on page 5 reminding residents "to keep sidewalks safe". Isn't it the city's responsibility to do likewise?

The city needs to seriously address the commuter parking issue. My wife and I have to walk a mile and half to and from the train each day. On days like today the city owned sidewalks near Seager Park are extremely dangerous(solid ice). They have never been plowed. Only a handful of the business on Ogden shovel their walks. The mayor's walk wasn't shoveled yesterday either. The city needs to provide us a safe alternative method of getting to and from the train given the lack of parking they will provide.

The Pace bus is something i would consider if there were a safe way to cross Ogden.

Your December 11, 2007 issue of the Sun has an article on page 5 reminding residents "to keep sidewalks safe". Isn't it the city's responsibility to do likewise?

Oh wow, I didn't even know you could buy a parking spot without an associated monthly train pass. That is definitely something that needs to get looked in to.

Fletcha:

The reason for a 8 to 10 year wait list?

Because the city wants to ignore the issue, the people who live near the downtown station do not want a parking garage, the city will not address the issue of people holding on to multiple passes or passes that they do not use, oh did I say that the city wants to ignore the issue?

By the way, my neighbor has a parking permit for both the Rt 59 station(Naperville side) as well as the downtown Naperville station, oh and he works out of his house. He's had them since 1999!

David:

Not sure where you got 6 years for waiting for a parking permit? Current wait time is between 8 to 10 years!

The monthly parking fee is a bargain at its current rate, compared to the cost of the alternative (downtown Chicago parking fees, traffic etc)... but this whole operation needs to be overhauled as does many things in Naperville. As a fairly new resident who transplanted from downtown chicago, i'm shocked at how awful Naperville traffic and parking is. All those years of overbuilding (still going on) with NO concern for the infrastructure has turned a great little place into a suburban nightmare. Some of the PACE routes have not been re-designed in 15+ years, leaving a lot of the new sub-divisions with no bus service. Forget about plowing sidewalks for safe walking.. half the streets aren't even plowed regularly. Washington, Hobson and Naperville roads are ALL gridlocked in the mornings and evenings.. need I go on? But... 6 years for a parking permit? Are you crazy? Some of the people I see with parking permits havent even been in the country that long... while I know of people who don't even LIVE in Naperville (have long since moved to bolingbrook or plainfield) that retain their parking passes. How difficult would it be to keep an excel spreadsheet of pass holders and review it occasionally???? ...Congrats Naperville Town Offices. Due to your lack of foresight, you've ruined what was once a good thing!

Those of us who have been on the waiting list for 5+ years are at the whim of those who are hoarding a permit so they can travel to Chicago and shop every once in a while (and avoid paying ridiculous city parking fees).

Absolutely, raise the Naperville commuter parking fees. They're too low, apparently.

But also require permit-holders to renew at least every quarter and show proof of purchase of monthly or 10-day train passes. That's how it's done at suburban New York City rail line lots in NY, NJ, and CT. It's not nuclear science, folks.

First priority at these lots should be given to daily Chicago commuters. Under no circumstances should there be dozens of empty parking spaces daily at 8 a.m. at a parking facility that is supposedly "sold out" for years on end. It boggles the mind that people don't speak up about this.

And build a parking deck at the downtown train station. It's crazy that this is not happening.

By ignoring the Metra lot parking problem, Naperville is ignoring environmental causes/effects and the importance of commuter travel.

How can there be a decade-long wait list for a commuter parking pass?!?! Somebody please answer this with a straight face.

Robert, while I agree that it is not valid to raise fees just to match what other localites are, that is not what the article stated. The reasons given for the possible fee increase included: "...to determine if sufficient revenue from the existing fees is available for future anticipated expenses" and to "...provide the foundation to consider an increase in commuter parking permit fees as a potential means of financing future commuter-related capital and transit, technological and staffing improvements."

Unless the fee is directly tied to building parking decks at Rt. 59 & Downtown train stations, I will not support it. The reasoning in the proposal (that other towns charge more) is a ridiculous reason for an increase. That's like saying that because Bolingbrook built a huge shopping center that Naperville must as well.

This is yet another example of a government in IL just trying to get more money out of us.

What does the city plan to do with the maintenance facility on 5th Ave now that they got their monster of a building at Ft Hill and Jefferson.

The more land that can be used for parking at that location, the better.

Barry...really? Six whole months? Sorry. I couldn't resist.

T.B.

i dont want a commuter parking fee for parking in downtow naperville parking deck its too high for the tax payers to pay, that's expensive enough to pay for regular parking downtown.

Where is Councilman Bob with this issue. Let's hear from him.

What has the city done with all the money they have collected in the past from parking fees?? If they saved it we could probably have a decent parking deck by now.

Barry, you are so funny!!! 6 months long enough... ha ha you crack me up!!! Try waiting 8-10 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've actually had people look me up online and try to bribe me to try to get them a CBD parking pass (the pass they give to residents/workers in downtown Naperville to park in the garages without being ticketed) on a few different occasions. That is how long the waiting list is and how desperate people are to park anywhere nearby to take the train.

With the exception of lunch time, on week days before the dinner crowd comes to town the Naperville parking garages are half empty or more. Metra parking has been on short supply as long as I can remember.

If these parking fee increases lead to more spaces, I'm all for it.

As a commuter who has used the street parking, private back yard parking and the City lots it does not surprise me that increases will be coming. The lots are filled while the City builds more parking decks in the downtown area. If the City had a clue they would use the new parking spaces for permit parking and actually make the decks pay.
With house prices falling, jobs to follow, tax increases on the way why not generate some income. Use the decks for the weekday commuters and leave them to be used by the weekend bar hoppers. There use during the day won't hurt the downtown stores or impact the library parking and the City can turn a profit.
The profits can be spent on another Pradel Folly like the Test Track.

I would pay more for a parking sticker if I could get one. I have been on waiting list for 5th Ave. Station lot for 6 months. That's long enough to wait.

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