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Park and ride pass proposed

Another move is afoot to try and save Calgarians cash on the park and ride front.

Ald. Bob Hawkesworth is presenting a notice of motion to council on Monday that suggests the city look at alternative forms of revenue in park and ride lots.

Hawkesworth says if a transit user were to buy his proposed park and ride pass at the same time as an adult bus pass, they could save up to $40 on parking.

“If someone is using the parking lot 20 times a month at $3 a day it costs $60 to park; if however they bought this pass that I’m talking about, they might be able to buy the pass for $20 or something like that,” said Hawkesworth.

The Ward 4 alderman hopes this will help fill up the park and ride lots.

Natalie Odd of the Clean Calgary Association thinks the motion is a good attempt to get riders back on transit.

“Anything that the city can do to reduce (park and ride costs) would be a good idea,” said Odd.

The resemblance of this motion to Ald. John Mar’s motion to reduce fees to $1 a day made a month ago isn’t lost on Hawkesworth.

“I want to avoid having to get a reconsideration motion through council. I don’t think I would be able to get 10 votes at the moment,” he said.

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