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Why is Parking Free at Frontrunner Stations?

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Frontrunner commuter rail began service between Provo and Salt Lake City yesterday, but while it’ll cost just over $5 for the hour long ride it’ll be completely free to leave your car in the Provo parking lot all day long. Why is that?

With the new train service and accompanying station parking lots, UTA is offering two services: travel and car storage. Both of these services cost UTA money in the form of installation, land, maintenance, security, etc.

There are also plenty of examples of these two services costing users money. Frontrunner itself charges for travel, while parking includes charges where ever there are parking meters or paid lots, or when the cost of a dwelling is higher because it includes parking. “Free” travel — free ride zones, for example —  is also relatively common.

In other words, UTA could have conceivably charged for parking. My guess is that there’s some…

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This entry was posted on December 15, 2012 by .
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