Park and Ride Program Aims to Increase Transit Ridership

2 years 9 months 2 weeks ago December 12, 2013 Dec 12, 2013 Thursday, December 12 2013 Thursday, December 12, 2013 7:17:00 AM CST in News
By: Alexandra Pierce, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Starting in January all downtown parking permit holders will get a free, year-long bus pass.

The incentive is part of Columbia's new Park and Ride program. The pass gives permit holders access to all bus routes across Columbia. But while permit holders get the luxury of the free pass, there is a price they will pay to get it.

As of October 1, all permit prices for city-owned parking garages increased by $10. For example, a monthly pass that was $65 is now $75.

"We want to offer the free bus pass to make up for that extra money that people have to pay for their permit," Public Works Marketing Specialist Teresa White said.

The city hopes that by giving away the free pass it will encourage Columbia drivers to start riding transit more often. They also hope this will decrease traffic congestion and offer a more convenient way to get about the city. Total Columbia bus ridership in 2013's fiscal year was down almost 400,000 people from 2012.

"Ridership has been relatively slow but we're hoping that we'll see some build with that," Columbia multi mobile manager Drew Brooks said.

But not all permit holders are happy about this change.

Downtown resident Mallory Brown said the pass won't do her any good.

"I don't think I would ever use the pass because that was the whole reason I bought a parking permit was so I could have better access to my car," Brown said.

And it is thanks to all those cars the city can support the bus system. White said the parking rate increase will generate more money to keep public transit going.

"The rate increase will generate more money for the city--about $300,000 annually--and that money will go to support public transportation," White said.

The city plans to track these specific passes to see if they are being used and, if so, on what routes.

Brooks said the city hopes it can continue providing these free passes to all permit holders in the future.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Family members restrained the father of a missing Missouri woman when the man accused of setting... More >>
32 minutes ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - In honor of the Columbia Public School Foundation's (CPSF) 20th anniversary, it announced a $20,000 grant for Columbia... More >>
50 minutes ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:49:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival returns for its 10th year Friday to Columbia’s Stephens Lake... More >>
1 hour ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - An independent organization revealed its findings Thursday on the abilities of 49 judges throughout the state of... More >>
1 hour ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:02:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri Human Trafficking Task Force discussed its future and long term goals at its second to last... More >>
1 hour ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:44:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MUPD released a full detailed report on a Tuesday night incident in which two black students reported being... More >>
2 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:16:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Michael Kreps was sentenced to life in the Missouri Department of Corrections Thursday. Kreps plead guilty... More >>
5 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:33:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Lincoln University faculty unanimously passed a vote for no confidence against the provost Wednesday morning, a... More >>
5 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 3:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new study put out by WalletHub ranks Missouri as one of the best states for teachers, but... More >>
5 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 2:59:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – An annual University of Missouri Police Department report shows hate crimes on campus jumped more than 1,000 percent... More >>
6 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Teachers in Columbia say the need for diversity training in schools is made clear by a new study... More >>
6 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:59:00 PM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A 37-year-old Independence police officer faces charges accusing him of having sex with a 14-year-old girl. ... More >>
6 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:56:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A judge has agreed to allow voters to consider spending money to expand Kansas City streetcar... More >>
7 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:34:48 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis officials say the experience and national attention are benefits of hosting... More >>
7 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:06:07 PM CDT in News
FAUCETT (AP) — Some seniors at a northwest Missouri high school will not be disciplined after making a "humorous" video... More >>
7 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:02:09 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Clergy and social activists are joining a mother in demanding a federal investigation into a 2013... More >>
9 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:29:01 AM CDT in News
MEXICO - A Mexico High School band director was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual contact with a student. ... More >>
9 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 11:03:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – A local event gave residents of Columbia and surrounding areas the chance to buy children’s items or sell... More >>
9 hours ago September 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 Thursday, September 29 2016 Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:45:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 65°
9pm 64°
10pm 62°
11pm 61°
12am 60°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Superstore
7:30p
The Good Place
8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
The Blacklist
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld