GO Transit's commuter trains are a true success story. Every day, they carry nearly 200,000 commuters in the GTA, a number which really does put a dent in the number of cars on the road. Unfortunately, most of these commuters then get in a car to travel from the station to their homes. Charging for parking would have two benefits. Firstly, it would provide additional revenue for Metrolinx, which could be invested in making an even better network. Secondly, it might make some people think twice about driving to the station.
Any parking charge would have to be considered carefully because it will lead to a certain number of commuters giving up on the train and choosing to drive instead. This should be avoided at all costs. A good way to prevent this would be for Metrolinx to work closely with municipal transit providers to provide an attractive alternative to driving to the station. As the PRESTO system rolls out, it is time to look for other ways to make transit systems work better as one entity.
Metrolinx may consider charging for GO parking | Toronto Star