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Players to raise parking prices next year

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Updated: 5/13/2013 8:48 pm

PONTE VEDRA, Fla.-- It looked like rush hour at its worst; traffic backed up for miles out of TPC parking lots on Saturday.

"We waited 30-45 minutes just to get out," said Amanda Jones of Ponte Vedra.

Jones tells us the parking nightmare put a damper on her very first Players experience.

"Just to get directed to where you could get on the main road was ridiculous," she said.

Action News took her concerns to the Players Championship's executive director Matt Rapp. He said the problem was two-fold. Torrential rains, and on a positive note, record breaking tournament turn out.

"We had about 174,000 people out here over the course of the week," said Rapp.

He tells me the Players Championship has hired a consulting group to investigate and improve parking. Rapp says they found that a five-minute backup will translate into a mile backup in traffic.

He says the plan to ease the pressure next year is to deter even more people from parking by increasing lot prices.

"We haven't set the price, but we're looking at a fairly stout increase, not to make more money but to further incentivize people to carpool," said Rapp.

 

 

 

 

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Fred Thompson - 5/14/2013 9:52 AM
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What are they thinking?? to discourage attendance?? IDIOTS!! get to work now by creating additional parking by 25'000 spaces. Find a way to do it' like buying up more land needed to add additional parking' or will ENVIORMENTALIST scream to protect "SKINK HABITAT!?

Realchange - 5/14/2013 1:58 AM
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Raising prices for parking to prevent parking jams? Insane he should be glad so many are attending and try to work out a system that rewards people for using offsite parking instead. Set up a players bus pool if you park in the bus pool parking lot you get free parking and 10 bucks off your pass to the event. Reward people for parking away from the event and should see a decrease in the traffic issue. Not punish people for parking at the event.
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