VEFF wrote:The problem is more that this lack of parking is an ongoing daily issue.
I get up half an hour earlier every day and take an earlier train than I need to, just so I can get a spot in the morning.
I just want the township to do something about this.
All the neighboring towns have plenty of extra parking at the train stations...
I think they don't have a lot of room to play with, but there is a side street that they could possibly implement alternate side parking on for commuters, as one alternative to the daily mess we have now...
if one of those neighboring towns is quite nearby, why don't you drive there every morning?
you'll still have to get up half an hour earlier every morning (maybe less if the town is near enough?), but at least you won't have the aggravation of the parking problem when you get to the train station.
OK gas might be an issue though...
just a thought.
I had thought of that.
Actually, parking by the fire and police stations is more convenient than driving to another town. The walk is about 4 minutes, if you walk at an average to slower than average pace. It isn't a very big deal, unless you get there at the last minute, which means you will miss the train and have to wait a while, whereas by parking right at the train station you can run and still make the train; that is the problem...
In addition, I doubt the other towns would allow me to park there.
I have to have a permit (free in my town at least, unlike some towns where they charge an annual train station parking fee) just to park there in the first place.
This is only my second parking type ticket ever (I have been driving for many years).
The other one was $5 (I almost laughed at how little it was) about 6 years ago - My brother and I had gone out to a night club and met some people, so we drove to their town to hang out after the club closed. We ended up staying till about 6:30 or 7 AM.
The town was having a fair that Sunday and needed the street cleaned.
When we parked (around 2:30 AM) it was legally parked, but we stayed into Sunday morning, when the no parking took effect. No big deal on that one.
At least the violation doesn't carry any points
I will probably pay the ticket (I'll consider it my donation to the local police; assuming that is where some of the funds go), but write the mayor to complain
$44 is nothing compared to the hefty $466 you can get for a single speeding ticket (assuming it is in a 65 MPH zone where the fines are doubled and you are doing 30 MPH over the limit. 20 MPH over will still cost you $386 in the same zone).
Those speeding violations also come with an insurance surcharge for 3 years.
The thing is others have parked where I parked for years; apparently they are cracking down.
I would like to know who the woman is who complained to the police in the first place. I doubt it is one of the commuters, since they have to go through the same hassle I do, every day.
It takes 3 - 3 1/2 hours a day (round trip door to door) to commute, so getting up 30 minutes early adds to the fatigue...
I'll probably start parking at the police/fire stations, especially now that the officer confirmed that this is officially legal...(It was sort of a grey area before).