The VA hospital near West Palm Beach, FL, has a problem – they don’t have enough parking spaces. Veterans are having trouble finding space, and are getting tickets and paying fines. I say this has to stop. Read all about it here.
They have 1700 spaces and every one is free, I’ll bet. Where is the motivation for employees to use van pools and the like? Since there is no money available to pay for additional parking, how could one expect the hospital to buy that acreage a few blocks away and have employees park there.
But “free” parking causes the problem. I don’t recommend charging the veterans. They have paid enough. I think we should subsidize their parking. The employees, however, should pay. Put some controls on the lots, have patients pull tickets and get em validated, and put the employees off site and have them shuttled back and forth. Maybe visitors could pay a bit, too.
I know, the unions would be horrified that someone would have to pay for parking but I guess that the folks that take the bus don’t have their bus tickets subsidized by the VA. Why should parking?