So a major employer is wising up and beginning to charge for parking. Great idea. Read about it here.
Aetna has seen the light, at least half of it. The fact is that the company’s employees are paying for the parking now, in the fact that they don’t get more in salary. That money has to come from somewhere.
I would charge the entire cost of the parking to the employees that drive. If they did that, then perhaps they would figure out less expensive ways to get to work (carpool, public trans, etc). How by subsidizing parking, the company has inadvertently added to sprawl, traffic, you name it.
Parking costs should not be bundled. They should be out there where those that use the service know what it costs. Now if Aetna decides to pay those who drive more than those who don’t, then that’s their business. But if the true costs are out there for everyone to see, maybe management and labor will begin to understand the issues in dealing with parking.
What do you think?