Update, Monday, May 16, 1 p.m.: The monthly permits at 17th St/SMC Station have sold out. Permits remain for the two other stations with parking — Expo/Bundy and Expo/Sepulveda.
As many of you know, the Metro Board of Directors approved a Parking Management Pilot Program in March. The first phase of the program will be implemented on May 22 after the Expo Line extension opens to Santa Monica. Three of the seven new stations between Culver City and Santa Monica have parking and those parking spaces will all have fees to help manage supply and the expected high demand for those spaces.
Starting May 15 at 10 a.m., you’ll be able to purchase monthly permit parking for Expo/Bundy, Expo/Sepulveda and 17th St/Santa Monica College stations. Those with permit parking passes will be able to use the 221 monthly spaces on a first-come, first-served basis between the hours of 4 a.m. and 9 a.m., Monday through Friday. After 9 a.m. the spaces become available to all.
There will also be 239 daily parking spaces at an affordable daily rate available for transit customers. At Expo/Bundy, Expo/Sepulveda and 17th St/SMC, there will be onsite attendants checking TAP cards. You can pay the attendants either when entering or exiting the parking facility.
When a parking attendant is not available, customers will be able to pay by phone or via website. During the second phase of the program — tentatively scheduled to begin in late 2016 — customers will be able to pay through upgraded parking equipment and by phone.
You’ll also be able to purchase a daily parking pass using a mobile app which will be available May 20, via phone or via website.
Here’s the breakdown of parking on the Expo Line:
•17th St/St. Monica College: 67 spaces, of which 13 are monthly permits.
•Expo/Bundy: 217 spaces, of which 131 are monthly permits.
•Expo/Sepulveda: 260 spaces, of which 77 are monthly permits.
For those completely freaked about the lack of parking at some Expo Line stations, please consider that many Big Blue Bus routes are serving Expo stations and nearby neighborhoods. The regular BBB fare is $1.25 and transfers to Metro are 50 cents; BBB is on the TAP card system.
Also, Santa Monica already has an extensive bike lane network that gets you to many stations, as well as bike lanes in the city of Los Angeles portion of the extension. There is also a new paved bike path that parallels most of the new Expo Line extension. There are also dropoff areas near the stations and ride hailing options.