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Grand River Transit
(10-23-2018, 10:29 AM)Elmiran Wrote: Coming from Elmira I'd much rather park at the mall and take Ion than try and find parking in town.

The other option would be to extend the hours of GRT route 21 to match Ions.

I've never understood this.  Not that I think you shouldn't do this, certainly I'm a transit supporter, but when I am driving, I would definitely not park at a park and ride and take transit.  I find zero difficulty in finding parking even downtown or uptown. I do concede that parking DT and some lots uptown might be more expensive than a transit pass if parking for a month, I suppose, although this is only true for solo occupant vehicles.

I simply don't think the business case is there to support large park and ride lots, given the ease of driving and parking in our city. As others have pointed out, this could change with Phase 2.
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As a driver I’d much rather park in the outskirts and take transit downtown. I absolutely hate driving in cities and downtowns, and it’s nearly impossible to find parking. I’ve done this all my life in virtually every city I’ve ever visited. : shrug : YMMV. Just providing my two cents as others have.
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(10-23-2018, 01:24 PM)Canard Wrote: As a driver I’d much rather park in the outskirts and take transit downtown. I absolutely hate driving in cities and downtowns, and it’s nearly impossible to find parking.  I’ve done this all my life in virtually every city I’ve ever visited. : shrug : YMMV. Just providing my two cents as others have.

So I certainly agree for some cities, I hate driving into Toronto, and will usually park and ride (or these days, transit all the way).  I however have found KW to be especially car friendly, more even than similar cities like London, ON.
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It's a different case when you're a visitor to a city and don't know your way around- without knowing how easy it is to drive around, parking in a dedicated location and using transit into the centre might make a lot of sense. I prefer to do that, too- it's easier and I like transit and like experiencing other systems. But, for anyone who is familiar with KW, you're right that it is easy to get around, and parking is readily available almost everywhere.

It actually speaks to how car-dependent this region is that some residents might make the argument that parking is difficult to find, when really they just mean that the parking available is not free of charge.

If KW had any significant congestion, the case might be greater.
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I always assume that when "difficult", "parking", and "Downtown Kitchener" are used in the same sentence, the word "free" has been left out.
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(10-24-2018, 06:53 PM)panamaniac Wrote: I always assume that when "difficult", "parking", and "Downtown Kitchener" are used in the same sentence, the word "free" has been left out.

As well as "before 6pm" I believe (aren't a lot of city lots free after 6?).
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Yep. Most are free on weekends as well.
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PSA: If you're on the EasyGo beta and you use Auto Renew, make sure that its status is active on the website tool. Both myself and a fellow user found it shifted to 'dormant' and expected renewals did not go through; you need to reactivate it if that's the case.
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(11-01-2018, 12:42 PM)KevinL Wrote: PSA: If you're on the EasyGo beta and you use Auto Renew, make sure that its status is active on the website tool. Both myself and a fellow user found it shifted to 'dormant' and expected renewals did not go through; you need to reactivate it if that's the case.

Interesting. In regards to that though, in the past, what day did the autorenew occur? I was thinking of setting that up.
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It depends on the product you're renewing. For me it's monthly passes, so it goes through on a date late in the month; for the other user he has an automatic top-up set for when his balance dips below a certain value.

Upon further discussion on Twitter with the GRT team, it looks like mine was due to an unrelated credit-card issue, so my alarm may not have ben as urgent as I indicated.
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It would be monthly for me. Just didn't know if it went through on the 20th when new passes are typically available, or the last day of the month. (Or a day or two before)
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I hope they would do passes more than 48 hours before the end of the month, since they caution users that transactions may take that long to be reflected in a pass.

I think I've been really lucky in that I've never been bit by the delay. More than once I've added value after realizing on my morning commute to work that I was out and had it active on the card on my way home, but given that it's possible for fare boxes not to be updated when they're taken out for the day I'm hopeful someone chose to add a small layer of protection.

I also switched from value-adding to monthly pass with zero problems and can see that I still have value on my card. I don't trust myself to remember to turn off auto renewal in the spring when I switch back to biking so haven't experimented directly with it myself.
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My only concern is that the failed transactions that led to my autorenew going dormant wasn't indicated to me. They had my email, I could have addressed it if I had known.
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Yeah, notification would be good. These are all UX things which I have zero confidence in them getting right.

It would be nice if you could set the autorenew months. Or just a confirmation email.

It would also be nice if those with autorefill could just go down to zero, or negative, and be autorefilled when that happens. Being forced to carry a balance essentially increases the cost of owning the card.
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