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Parking issues at transportation center

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From page A8 | December 08, 2012 |

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to this newspaper about the parking problems at the Fairfield Transportation Center. The Daily Republic wrote a piece on that as well. Since then, I am sorry to say, nothing has changed, despite the fuel price hike and the toll hike that encourages a lot of people like me to try to take the bus.

The parking lot at the Transportation Center, both the closed lot and open, gets filled up fast. By 7:45 a.m. it is full. Target, Home Depot and other businesses around don’t allow parking and even ticket or tow the cars away. The commuters like me, who take later buses, are left with no choice but to drive since we can’t find parking.

With the economy improving and more people taking the buses, it is high time for the city to look into this matter and make some arrangements with the businesses around to help us park and take the bus.

Long-term plans for building a new lot, etc. are in the works, but will not happen soon. I would like to see something done as soon as possible to help commuters.

Please help the commuters, city of Fairfield.

Venkitu Narayanan

Fairfield

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  • City should shuttle from the MallDecember 08, 2012 - 6:46 am

    All that parking behind Sears never has any cars parked in it..Maybe the City could arrange a hourly shuttle until alternative parking is built?

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  • CD BrooksDecember 08, 2012 - 7:11 am

    I thought there was some conversation about buying or using the property where Green Valley ford used to keep their over-stock vehicles? I don't know why Target couldn't donate a block of parking spaces in their back lot? That is a huge parking area and rarely full. Let's not discourage the use of public transportation when it is finally rolling. And since we're on the subject, when is the state going to get their act together and make diamond lane usage universal across the board? I know some folks don't like them but if they're going to exist, don't change the occupancy requirements mid stream. Two passengers is much easier to adhere to and might promote their usage. And enforcemnt sucks, they need to update that too!

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  • LilDecember 08, 2012 - 10:15 am

    I have given up on the transportation center. I have used the transportation center since I started work in SF in 1999. From taking the bus to bart and then to casual carpool, I very rarely had to drive. But that changed in the last two years and I had to drive more and more because I could never find a place to park. Now, I just drive to N Concord Bart every day and park there. I have to pay gas and toll but at least I can park. Fairfield had a good idea with the transportation center and it is a victim of its own success. But from what I read in this paper, they are actually taking money FROM the center to give it to the new train station on Peabody. So, help is nowhere on the horizon.

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