The trouble with T parking

Not only does it now cost $4 instead of $2 to park at the Grafton lot but… the $4 really doesn’t fit into the slot meant to hold them, according to Train Stopping.

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On the plus side, apparently there’s more parking now because people are so fed up with the commuter rail that they’re driving into Boston… where they’ll be hit with higher Pike tolls. Or maybe they’re just laid off, like everyone else on the planet…

(Edited to add image. Hey, I was in the area and needed stock footage!)

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4 thoughts on “The trouble with T parking

  1. Thanks for mentioning the parking fees increase at all commuter rail stations. This directly impacts the town of Grafton, as for many years access to the commuter rail line as been touted as a benefit to living in the Grafton area.

    I do hope we see our local state representatives – including town officials – take a stand to try to ensure that transportation related revenues are properly allocated and properly spent. As someone who relies on the commuter rail to get to my job in Boston, I did not appreciate seeing parking rates increase 100%, while service hasn’t really improved on the commuter rail line.

    The Worcester line has a limited number of express trains to and from Boston servicing Worcester-area towns (including Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, and Framingham). While the state has made some “additions” to the schedules, they really just moved trains around. Also, from an environmental standpoint, the commuter rail is a better way to commute as it reduces the number of cars on the road. In terms of cost, though, while driving to Boston is more expensive, it can be a draw in terms of choosing a commuter option.

    For many of us, we did not have a lot of say for working in Boston. That is where jobs are and that is where jobs get moved to. As you know, a job today can be a rarity.

    Train Stopping celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow. While I wish I could say that things have improved on the Worcester commuter rail line, but alas that is not the case.

  2. Earlier this year, my husband and I sat down and did the math… and the daily cost for him to drive into Boston vs. taking the T from Grafton is indeed a “draw.” That reality — coupled with the fact taking the T almost always means a longer, less convenient commute (even when you factor in driving in Mass. Pike traffic) — means he drives almost every day. It’s really a shame. And we did this exercise before the parking fee increase!

  3. Not only is train service in Grafton limited for those who work a more typical 9-5 schedule, it is nonexistent for those of us who work off shifts. I would love to use it. But I can’t get to work on time (7pm). And I would have to wait until almost 10am to come home after my shift ends at 7:30am.

    I am sure very few people commuting into Grafton (Tufts profs and students) can use it either with the schedule that exists today.

  4. Hi Jenn! To echo Train Rider’s comments, thanks for mentioning this on your blog.

    Melissa and Night Nurse are both right. Train Rider is a current commuter rail rider, I am a former rider (fortunately I found a job in MetroWest and I have a fantastic commute). If you use the commuter rail, you really are looking at a 12+ hour day. Most days, Train Rider is out of home for close to 13 hours – with 4 hours dedicated to commuting.

    Train Rider typically takes the P508, which leaves Grafton at 7:09 a.m. Since the Worcester line seems to get the shaft treatment from the state (there are tons of reasons why Worcester can’t seem to get more express trains), the earliest Train Rider can leave Boston most nights is on either the P527, a local train that leaves Boston at 5:35 p.m. but doesn’t arrive to Grafton until 6:58 p.m. or the P529 which pulls into Grafton at 7:19. Train Rider is single, so there are no commitments to a spouse or children. But this schedule makes it difficult for people who do have relationship commitments to easily get to and from the city.

    It is a shame that the closer you are to Boston, the more options you have. That is why people are in such an outrage regarding the mess that the state’s transportation entities are in. It isn’t fair that, right now, they’re looking to Mass Pike commuters to fund the Big Dig. And it isn’t fair that they can’t seem to figure out a way to connnect the 2nd largest city in New England to Boston on a more direct, more rapid basis.

    For all those who judge those of us who reside in Central Mass, take note. Many of us live here for reasons greater than because we are originally from here. Many people chose to locate in the Worcester area because they may work in Springfield, Worcester, MetroWest or Providence and they may have a spouse who works on 128 or Boston. Not all the jobs are in Boston, so we all can’t give up our cars and use mass transit all the time.

    But we need a system that works for everyone. This is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not the State of Boston. We need leaders – including those at the local level – to get engaged to help us.

    Sure, gas is lower right now, but if it creeps up people will be back to looking for alternative options. Plus, many of us are ecologically minded and would like to try to reduce using our cars to get from point A to point B.

    Great photo, great post.

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