A $3 daily parking fee and monthly fee of $59 will go into effect on June 26 at three Metro stations along the Gold Line: APU/Citrus, Irwindale and Monrovia. Metro is targeting late June for most of the fees to go into effect. We’ll announce the exact date and details soon.
All stations will have the automated pay systems that are in use at other Metro pay parking lots. Riders will just need a valid TAP card and either cash or credit card to pay. Metro also has a smartphone parking app that can used to pay the fees. The app is now available in the iTunes store and the Google Play store (there is a 15 cent fee to use the app so parking is $3.15 a day).
At the same time, a change will also go into effect at the Downtown Azusa parking structure: all parking spaces within Metro’s portion of the garage will become paid permit parking spaces on weekdays, meaning there will be no more first-come, first-served parking in the Metro part of the structure. After 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, those spaces will be open to any transit patron for free. The current $39 monthly permit fee will remain in place but will be raised to $59 later in the summer.
Under a plan approved by the Metro Board of Directors last year, Metro has converted some of its busiest parking lots to pay lots. The reasons are twofold: 1) the fee helps keep some parking spaces open throughout the day for transit riders, and; 2) the fees prevent parking spaces from being taken by people not using transit.
So far the fees have had the desired effect. Generally speaking, about 10 percent of spaces are available throughout the day at stations where Metro has implemented fees — including North Hollywood Station and Universal City/Studio City Station, where the fees began in April (some vehicles have moved to two lots on the Orange Line that remain free).
At Monrovia Station, members of the public be able to park in the garage after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday without having a TAP card. The fee would still be $3 per day. The station is adjacent to Monrovia’s Station Square Park. The Metro Board approved the fees for Monrovia Station on Thursday; the fees for APU/Citrus and Irwindale had already been approved by the Board.
Free spaces remain in many parking lots on the Metro system, including Sierra Madre Villa Station, Arcadia Station and Duarte Station along the Gold Line.