As a Solano Express 90 commuter, it seems the city and the transportation center are not adequately addressing solutions to longtime parking issues. While van poolers pay nothing to park at the center, it’s the bus riders, like me, who pay and are often left without a place to park and sometimes without a car at the end of the day.
A recent article (March 10, “Transportation center a victim of its success”) stated the city purchased a parking lot on Oliver Road specifically for van poolers, but the transportation center informed commuters it cannot discourage van poolers from parking at the center. If van poolers cannot be forced out of the center now, how can they be forced out when Oliver Road parking becomes available? And if they can be forced out now, then why not ask them to relocate to the Red Top Road park-and-ride lot now?
The Oliver Road parking lot was purchased in July 2011, in hopes of providing an alternative parking solution by fall 2012. But wait, the “pavement . . . is now in worse condition than originally thought and will have to be torn out and replaced.” What? How did they not know this? When buying this land to be used for a parking lot, didn’t the city make sure the pavement’s condition was good enough to be used for its intended purpose? Someone dropped the “due diligence” ball.
And why does it take one year to repair pavement? Exactly what codes must the city comply with now that it didn’t already know about in July 2011? Hogwash!
Bus riders have paid $287.50 in tow fees, while van poolers gobble up parking spaces and pay zero to the city. And yet, Fairfield now owns real estate that will sit vacant for at least one more year (two and a half years total) to repair pavement and comply with city ordinances. Seriously, for a parking lot?
Is this another example of government work at its finest? The solution is simple: Get the parking lot at Oliver Road open now.