Let me explain the photo. These are car parked on the nature strip before 7 AM on a Friday near the station because there is no parking available by that time. I am willing to bet that this is a pretty much the case across all stations in Melbourne suburbs.
I can also narrate some interesting things I know people are doing to overcome the parking problem apart from leaving at 6.00 AM in morning
The “No Parking! No Problem!” method
Some are paying home owners near the station to rent their carport.
The “You owe me” method
Use Whats-app to broadcast when you leave home whoever says “I am in” gets a seat. You are then expected to return the favor.
The “Car-bus-tram-bus-car” method
People are parking in lanes which are closer to a bus stop.
The “Switch and Swap” method
One partner leaving early in the morning while the other takes a bus and then 1st coming back in bus while the second brings the car back.
As much as all these approaches sounds creative they lack a few key aspects – reliability and repeatability . Some require too much coordination while others solve only part of the problem. The first mile – going to station may be addressed but the last mile from station to home is still a challenge.
Xemo shuttles aims to solve the first mile and last mile problem. We are building a platform for crowd sourcing the demand and organize the supply. We are driven to solve three main challenges Right People. Right place. Right time
Please register interest if you are keen to hop on the Xemo shuttle coming to your suburb soon.