Well, since the last update on Reston’s plans to go pay-to-park in September, the people have gotten fed up enough to start an online petition to convince Boston Properties that forcing town center goers to pay for parking is bad for business.
Mentioned before, Boston Properties sees the pay-to-park initiative as a way to stop metro hoppers from leaving their vehicles in the town center to venture off for a day of work in the district leaving would-be paying customers without decent parking. But it’s hard not to see this as a way to pad pockets which towing offending vehicles seems like an easier alternative.
Setup by Suzanne Zurn of Reston, Virginia, the petition has garnered 5,800 supporters as of 10:30AM on Wednesday 8/17 – and we’d be lying if we didn’t say we’re adding our John Hancock’s to the petition as soon as this post publishes. In a world of pay-for-anything-involving-driving, the last thing we need is another fee to park.
The petition reads:
This petition will be delivered to:
- BP property Manager, Reston Town Center
- Reston Town Center
- RTC Public Relations Advisor & Spokesperson
Suzanne’s cause which you can follow in their Facebook Page Keep Parking Free at RTC, has gotten her some attention. An an interview with BizJournals, she is quoted “It seems to go against the spirit of community under which Reston was founded by Bob Simon, may he rest in peace,” invoking the name of the late Robert E. Simon.” Later in the interview, the spokesperson for Boston Properties’ parking roll-out said paid parking was always in the plans for Reston Town Center as a revenue generator.