Currently under PAT, there are private owned and PAT owned Park and Ride Lots. The concept is simple, a person drives to the lot, parks their vehicle, and boards a nearby primary route to get to Downtown. Some lots fill very early which will only emphasize the demand for what ACTA will pursue.
ACTA will work with current contracts to provide a discount if the person is using a Connect Card. However, this will not be required, and ACTA will not be able to control the use of the lot. ACTA will make note of which lots support which features.
ACTA will convert all lots into garages. All garages will be 3 stories above ground with two stories below ground. The roof of the lot will possess solar panels, and special maintenance latches. The garage itself will require the integration of the Connect Card, but will offer free use as long as the use of the bus system shows readily apparent. The only charge will be for Electric Vehicle Charging. The driver will be responsible for bringing their own 240 volt compliant cable for their automobile. The feature that will make the system unique in perspective of other parking systems will be that all P&R garages will be automated. By having an automated parking system in place, capacity can increase by 50%. The system is vandal proof as people do not have access to the vehicles except for the parking bay. Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and lights will all be costs that will also be eliminated. This will mean that the solar panel arrays will be used to control the automation system, and may contribute to the cost of charging.
The driver will drive into an available bay. They will take everything they will need with them, and take any living creature that belongs to them. Leaving pets in the vehicle will be animal abuse as the animal will likely suffocate. If the vehicle is electric, the person will plug the cable into the electric box, and exit the bay. They will use their Connect Card, and Driver’s license or ACTA App to activate the process. An automated system will take the vehicle and place it in a parking grid. At this time, electric will be fed to charge the vehicle.
When the patron returns, they can use their ID to call their car. If they charged their vehicle, they can use the Connect Card (if funds are available), Google Wallet, or Debit. Using Credit might incur a transaction surcharge depending on the profit margin sought by providing electrical charging. Once the vehicle enters the bay, the patron will enter the appropriate bay, unplug their vehicle, and exit the garage. The vehicle will be positioned so the patron will exit the garage front first just as they will drive in.