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Posted May 29, 2012

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Support shown for Kitchener Rangers’ proposed approach to improve parking at The Aud

KITCHENER – Earlier today, the community and infrastructure services committee endorsed a plan to proceed with a series of parking and transportation approaches proposed by the Kitchener Rangers hockey club to assist with improving the current and future parking for hockey games and other special events once the Aud expansion is complete.

The Kitchener Rangers’ proposal identified the following approaches to deal with travelling to or parking at the Aud. Each approach requires some level of support from the city.

Bus “To – From US” service - Various businesses across the city serve as locations for people to park their cars and board a shuttle bus that will take them to and from the hockey games.

Carpooling lot - An existing parking lot at the Aud would be designated as a carpooling lot for cars with three or more passengers. Doing so will encourage spectators to increase the number of passengers in their vehicles and maximize the number of spots available for parking. The city will also support the Kitchener Rangers in promoting carpooling to residents who attend games and events at the Aud.

Grand River Transit - The city will work with the Rangers and the Region to promote public transit as an option through public education, which is anticipated to increase ridership and reduce the number of vehicles coming to the Aud.

Paid lot - An existing parking lot at the Aud will be designated as a paid lot. Revenues generated from this lot will become one of the potential funding sources for the parking and transportation initiatives.

Limited expansion of on-site parking - The city will investigate the feasibility and costs associated with a limited expansion of on-site parking.

Staff shuttles - The city will investigate the feasibility and costs associated with a staff shuttle and report back on the findings. If staff who work at the Aud park off site, more spots will be available to the public.

Enforcement of current parking regulations - The city will enhance its communications to the community, reminding residents and drivers of local parking regulations.

General education - Staff recommend providing support developing maps and information flyers, and incentives to encourage alternate travel initiatives to the Aud for hockey games and events.

City staff will report back to the committee in one year with an analysis of the progress of these approaches.

“What’s proposed is excellent, and I’d like to see some information on how the paid lot performs for us, so we can look at a similar option for future parking strategies as well,” said Coun. Bil Ioannidis, vice-chair of the community and infrastructure services committee.

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