Public Transit, Private Parking

<p>High demand for parking spaces at a transit station has prompted one city to consider banning residents of other cities from using the parking lot.</p>
June 28, 2007, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The council's move is the latest in a battle among the cities. Many Apple Valley leaders resent that commuters who don't pay the extra taxes take up space in the 337-space lot, which routinely fills by 7:15 a.m. A survey last fall of cars parked at the station showed that 59 percent came from outside the transit tax district, according to the MVTA."

"The free permits would be available to residents of Apple Valley, Burnsville and Rosemount, but not Lakeville or Farmington."

"That's because Lakeville and Farmington are outside the transit tax district, in which residents pay extra property taxes for buses and stations."

"Many Lakeville and Farmington residents argue that their regular property and motor vehicle taxes already help pay for transit. 'If it's a public transit facility, it should be open and accessible to members of the public, and Farmington residents, last time I checked, were part of the public,' said Farmington Mayor Kevan Soderberg."

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Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
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