December 12, 2013 - 11:58 AM
KAMLOOPS - Hospital parking woes got you down? If you live in Kamloops, the answer is likely yes, but a Kamloops transit user is wondering why more people aren't utilizing bus services that drop passengers off right at the hospital.
Route six, 'City Loop', leaves about once an hour from the Lansdowne Exchange and drops passengers off in front of admitting at the Royal Inland Hospital.
"There's a maximum five people on it," says Kamloops resident Mary Pallot. "I don't know why more people don't use the bus."
While it may not be ideal in an emergency situation, she says it's her first choice when visiting others at the hospital.
"(I bussed) almost every day when my husband was in the hospital," she says.
Parking has been a problem in both the downtown core and at the hospital in Kamloops for some time. The City is aware of it and is working to fix the problem. Council tried to build a parkade at Riverside Park for additional parking, but the plan was squashed in 2011 after it was protested and petitioned by Kamloops residents. As of late, downtown parking meters were recently replaced with pay stations and fees and fines were increased to help deter both illegal parkers and downtown workers from parking on the street. An expansion of the hospital is also underway, expected to help resolve some hospital congestion with up to 350 new onsite parking stalls.
For now, it's a bit of a mess with construction — roads are blocked in different areas day-to-day to cars and pedestrians. For Pallot, parking solutions can't happen soon enough. She says she regretted her decision after driving to the hospital recently.
"There was solid traffic waiting to get in," she said. "We drove up and around the parking lot behind the hospital. The top three floors up and three floors down, it was solid parking. We could not find a place to park."
She also worries about those who find alternative parking — parking along the city streets and walking up the Third Avenue hill, especially as the weather worsens and the roads get sloppy.
"For someone with a walker or difficult mobility, that's a nightmare," she said. "You take your life in your hands."
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