Paid parking at NoHo and Universal City begins April 24

The NoHo Station parking lot as seen from the portal to the Red Line.

In order to better manage demand for parking at two very busy Red Line subway stations and create more parking spaces for transit riders, Metro will begin charging $3 a day to park at the North Hollywood and Universal City/Studio City stations on Monday, April 24.

Both lots have been free since the two stations opened in 2000. Over the years, it has become more challenging — if not impossible — for transit riders to find parking at either station unless they arrive very early on weekday mornings. One problem is that a number of non-Metro riders use the lots to park for free, meaning those who want to park-and-ride are left without a space.

Automated parking systems will be used at each station. There will be Metro ambassadors on hand in the first few weeks to help everyone get used to paying.

Parking patrons will be able to pay at machines around both lots (there will be 11 at NoHo and five at Universal) or via a smartphone app that 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). Here’s how to park at the stations:

1 — Find a parking space.

The pay stations that will be used at NoHo and Universal stations.

2 — Pay with the app or find the nearest pay machine. You will need both your license plate number (tip: take a pic with your smartphone if you haven’t memorized your plate) and a valid TAP card. The app requires a credit card. The machines accept cash or credit cards. Note: new transit riders are given a one-day grace period to get a TAP card, which are available at TAP vending machines at both stations.

Why do you need your license plate number? Cameras take a picture and recognize the license plate on each vehicle as it enters the lot and the payment system uses the license plates to verify that payment was received. The cameras also make the system more convenient as there’s no need to return to your car to put a receipt on the dashboard.

A few other points:

•The $3 fee covers 24 hours of parking. You can park at either station for up to three days at $3 per day.

•Failure to pay will result in a $53 citation.

•Existing monthly permit holders will have their permits automatically converted to the new system.

•Those who want to sign up for the waiting list for a monthly permit can do so at The same site also offers carpool parking permits that allow patrons to split the cost of a monthly permit between two or three people. 

Finally, a few thoughts as I know that new fees are sometimes not the most popular thing in the world.

The idea behind the program is not to make money, although it may generate a small profit. Rather, the fees are being used to manage demand and create more parking for those who actually use transit. Metro parking officials emphasize that they’ve found that a small daily fee along with the TAP card requirement opens up parking spaces — and helps prevent the need to build even more parking, which is a very expensive proposition.

Here’s an interesting example from the Expo Line. With a daily fee of $3 in place at all Metro-owned lots along Expo, there remains spaces open in each of those lots — even with the Culver City lot having closed to accommodate a new development being built there. To put it another way, in exchange for a $3 daily fee, those who want to drive to the Expo Line and park can be fairly certain they’ll get a space at any time of the day.

We know there are some people who can only ride transit if they can drive to the station. This move will hopefully benefit many of those riders, as there should finally be spaces open beyond 8 a.m. It’s also worth noting that parking lots along the Orange Line — which offers a transfer to the Red Line at NoHo Station — will remain free as those lots are under-utilized with about 27 percent of spaces occupied on the average day.

Related: new details and open house on Saturday for NoHo joint development.


122 replies

  1. Okay, #1 – “Pay with the app” – huh, may I ask what app??
    #2 – wait, figuring out who pays and who doesn’t is dependent on a license plate #?? Bit of flaw there as the cheapos will put the extra effort of blocking their license plate # before pulling into and out of the lot but sure, if it works why not??
    #3 – Twice that I haven’t paid the $3 (didn’t know how or where to pay) at one of the lots along the expo line and never got a citation. Is this something that’s finally being enforced??

    • Hi Dave,

      The app is in final stages of development and we will update with more info as soon as it’s available. Right now we’re just letting people know it will be an option.

      The parking team is also rolling out more enforcement so yes, those who do not pay to park should expect to be ticketed.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

    • The app is scheduled for release on April 24 and will be available from iTunes and Google Play. As soon as we have a link, we’ll post it.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • The app is scheduled for release the same time you’re going to start requiring parking?

    • Might I add that I took the train yesterday and it was the first time I saw a sign saying that the pay machines would be coming.

      • The signs are conveniently placed right across the pedestrian walkway through the parking lot. There were flyers on the cars today, too. But still, so many questions abound (see below). Why are our questions ignored?

        And guys stopping every car to ask if they had a TAP card during the AM commute — but not mentioning the upcoming payment requirements.

  2. Idiotic idea. If the lot is full at 7am it is riders parking there since the businesses in the area are not open yet. More people are riding that is why the lot is full. Lame excuse so that you can make a buck or 3 on the parking. Tell the truth and don’t lie. Who this is weak!

  3. This is aggravating for those of us who don’t use these stations for daily commuting but rather for getting downtown for events. There is always plenty of parking in the evening. If I have to add $3 on top of my $3.50 fare, I might as well just drive downtown.

    • the 12 mile drive costs $6.72 using the IRS rate for mileage so it’s still less expensive to take the train.

    • Once you get to the event, aren’t going to pay for parking in downtown?

      • Absolutely – but, for example, parking at the music center is $9. If two people take Metro plus pay $3 for parking, that’s $10. Yes, I have to spend money on gas to get there, but I had to spend money on gas to get to the Metro station too. And when the show is over, I have to wait 20+ minutes for a train.

        • Are you a regular transit rider Sarah? That’s all good and said for an occasional use of the train to get to a museum but for those of us who ride it Monday-Friday it just doesn’t make sense.

  4. Finally! Sounds great, although what happens if we don’t have plates yet due to a new car? Since we don’t have the need to put a ticket on our dash. Thanks!

  5. Great! this will relieve a lot of uncertainty for people arriving at the station after 7am and wondering whether or not they’ll be able to find a spot.

    • Wait, how will it do that? Will the mythical aforementioned app be able to tell you the number of available spaces before you arrive?

      • If Metro manage it right, they will ensure there are spaces open by monitoring the lot and if necessary, raising the prices further until there are always at least few open spaces.

        • All this means is that people with more money will get the spots vs people who wake up earlier.
          Sure, if they charged $100/day there would be unlimited parking “available” for you, but would you
          be willing to pay that?

      • Hi Sarah;

        Yes, there is ongoing work on the parking system so that you will eventually be able to look up how many spaces are available at these lots.

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

  6. How about you clean up the scum that is on the trains before this idiotic idea? I was on the Redline to Universal City the other day and the whole train reeked. Even the train conductor told me to take a picture of the cause of the smell and the train number. Sarah is right. I might as well pay for a parking spot in downtown for less than I’d be paying to park and fare. #boycottpaidparkingatUniversalCity

  7. Guarantee you this reduces ridership. Yes parking is an issue but this is not New York that is crisscrossed with subway lines. People have to drive to the stations in LA. And you can’t expect them to all wait for the slow buses to the stations.

  8. How does one enter the license plate number at the pay machine if one does not have a smartphone?

    • I’ve used the new parking machines at Expo-La Cienega a couple times. It’s pretty simple. You walk up to the pay machine and enter your license tag number and pay with a credit card. It takes a couple minutes the first time, but once your credit card is in the system it remembers your license number so you don’t have to enter it again in the future.

  9. I occasionally park and ride at North Hollywood so yes this payment this does rub me the wrong way slightly. I do generally get there by transit. I can understand charging for the middle of the day when parking tends to be full but I hope that once the research is out we’ll see if weekends, early mornings, and evenings (probably after 5pm) will be cheaper or free. It isn’t fair for people who use transit, walk, bike, or get dropped to subsidize parking.

  10. At my local station 20 miles north of London, the daily parking fee is £7.60 – that’s $9.45 at today’s exchange rate. Pay and be thankful!

    • Hi, Andrew. Thanks for your post. Respectfully, I must respond that LA Metro, alas, is not the Tube. (I’ve ridden both.) Just two weeks ago, the Redline was only traveling part of its route (North Hollywood to Hollywood/Vine, then Vermont/Santa Monica to Union Station). For the middle part of the route, riders had to transfer to a bus (and swipe their Tap card again). My 15-mile commute took two hours to complete that day (one way). And was twice as expensive (two swipes of the card). Just this past Monday, the Redline, after nine PM, announced it would only run every 30 minutes. Had I taken Burbank Bus that day (which stops running at 10 PM), I would have missed my only connection and would have had to walk home. Even on the best of days, traveling the redline is a challenge. If only they could run every 10 minutes at night the way they promised to do several years ago, enforce payment of the fare (never mind the parking), and establish a realistic parking payment plan where you just pay at the gate like most parking lots, I would be more supportive of this newest venture.

  11. Since this will supposedly ensure that there are always spaces at the lot, does this mean that the permits for green spaces are going away? Or are we going to pay to get into the lot at 7:30 to find a bunch of empty spaces that we still can’t use without paying even more?

    • Hi Ben,

      At this time there will be the same amount of permit spaces, as the permits are sold out. Staff will be monitoring parking use once the paid program is rolled out to see if that needs to change.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  12. Will Metro make more monthly parking permits available for North Hollywood and Universal? As a daily commuter, I’m willing to pay for parking but I would like to avoid the time and hassle of having to make the transaction every day.

    • Hi,

      At this time there will be no change to the permit spaces. Staff will be monitoring the situation as paid parking goes into effect to see if that is something they’ll need to adjust. Thank you.

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  13. That’s an extra $60 a month for daily commuters. This won’t alleviate the parking situation in the morning because most people who park at 7 am are not just going to Universal Studios. They’re riders. So there will still be almost no parking, and we’ll all have to pay.

    Great job, greedy Metro. Everyone’s tax dollars aren’t enough. Now they have to take actual transit patrons’ money even moreso.

  14. I’m sorry, but who are you kidding? Don’t spit on us and say its raining.
    If the fee is so small, then don’t charge it at all. In truth, the spaces you are charging for will generate over
    $3,000 per day at Universal alone.

    You may not impact ridership that much, but at least some people will see the costs related to
    parking + the day pass costs and decide to take the roads instead. When gas was over $4/gallon you had more
    ridership because the math worked that way. If you make using the subway even more inconvenient than it
    sometimes is, why exactly would they not?

    There is no lack of parking at Universal, merely a lack of FREE parking.

    Stop lying and simply say you want the money.
    The simple truth is, if you simply made all the spaces free again most people would get their spots, but then the
    money would stop from that revenue stream, and few people are going to be fooled that freeing up spaces is
    what this is really about.

    When I started taking the subway in 2006 if I got to the lot by 8:30 or so I got a space.
    Over time Metro started taking more and more spots and painting them green paid spots.
    Eventually the front lot was completely converted as well as the less visible side lot.
    When I arrive now at 7ish to get a spot the vast majority of the front lot is nearly EMPTY and
    secondary lot, which is still free, is almost full. Now people getting late go to the overflow lots
    next to the freeway, but no doubt you will eventually start charging for those spaces too.

    There is certainly an abuse of the spaces, but this can be resolved simply by having a gate like they
    have in most parking lots that you touch your tap card and it raises the gate. Then you confirm later
    on that the tap card was used in the Subway next to the lot.

    Instead you want people to go to kiosks, of which there will be too few and crowded and make people late.
    You could have an app instead that relays the information, but that means people need to get it, learn it,
    and remember to use it.

    You could simply let people associate their tap card to their car and when touch the turnstile have it all done
    seamlessly and not need an app at all except when they use a different vehicle than their normal one.

    • Hi Richard —

      Metro expects the revenues at Universal — with its 550 parking spaces — to be less than $2,000 a day. It may make a little money for the agency, but probably not much after parking operation and maintenance costs.

      As for the issue of transit vs the cost of driving, the agency did consider that. Monthly parking in DTLA can run from $200 to $250 and, of course, there are other costs associated with driving – gas, wear and tear, etc. So Metro thinks that transit plus parking is still less expensive overall ($3 parking + $3.50 roundtrip fare if paying with stored value, less expensive for pass holders who ride often).

      Again, the point is not to make money but manage supply and demand at two stations where we get frequent complaints about the lack of parking on weekdays. Again, for those who wish to avoid the fee, there remains parking all along the Orange Line, where parking is under-utilized and will remain free for that reason.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Steve.
        I guess LA County Proposition M wasn’t enough. Now $3 or $60 a month more, and the possibility of not getting a pass (the wait list is full), makes me sad that I believed Metro wanted to help riders.
        The San Fernando Valley always gets shortchanged, and this again proves it, but not without taking more taxes.
        Driving to LA is what I will do, my employer offers free parking. They care more than Metro.

    • Gates were considered but the agency decided that gates would delay motorists getting into and out of the lots and that using the pay machines or app would be faster.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • You are assuming people are only traveling downtown when they ride the train and that is the fallacy of the entire Metro system. While those parking rates are high downtown, they are not at other places along the route. I certainly won’t be taking it now and I have always been a huge supporter of public transit.

  15. Why not just use the validated ticket or tap card to confirm that the driver actually rode the train? Basically just increased the monthly cost to ride daily by $60.

  16. “Both lots have been free since the two stations opened in 2000.”

    They have? Then why have I been paying a permit fee for years? NoHo used to be about 50% permit access for $39.00 a month. Then a few years back, they increased the costs 50% AND made all spaces permit only before 11AM, all within 2 months. And last year, they reduced the time down to 10AM! And most days, you still can’t get a spot if you’re there after 9:30,even with a permit!

    So now Metroparking is charging a permit fee AND a daily fee (for non-permit holders)? How is this NOT about gross profiteering?? Even after passing Measure M?

    Greedy, MTA, just plain greedy…

    • You’ll note they waited until AFTER measure M passed so people would be more likely to vote for it.

    • Hi Tony;

      Some background that may be helpful: the operation and maintenance of Metro parking lots is subsidized by the agency’s operating budget — until relatively recently, there hasn’t been any revenue to cover a portion of the parking costs. So this helps. But the real purpose is to manage supply and demand, given that the supply at these stations is not changing but the demand is often very high and will likely grow in future years as the system expands to more destinations and job centers.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Hi Steve,

        This is interesting to learn, but my next question would be what happens to the revenue currently generated by the permits for the lot? The MTA website lists NoHo as having 333 paid spaces. That’s nearly $20,000 a month (or almost a quarter of a million a year) in fees already. [I’m not sure where the 619 free spaces listed are(is that the lot on Chandler & Vineland?).]

        Is this revenue generated by the lots not actually being used for operations and maintenance of the lots? If not, then the MTA raised Monthly TAP passes by 25%, parking costs by 50% and doubled the amount of reserved spaces all within a few months. I know that the Valley is used to getting the short end and all, but this….

        • On Phase II of Expo there has been paid parking from the beginning so if anything the Valley has been subsidized longer. Besides the Valley already has the Orange Line with free parking at many of the stations. No such option exists in LA.

  17. Greetings. Will this policy be in effect on weekends? Both of these lots are under-utilized on weekends.

    • Hi Laura;

      Yes, the parking fees will be in place at all times, including weekends. There are certainly times when parking is plentiful on weekends but there are also times it fills up — especially when there are large events easy to reach via the Metro system.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Hi, Steve. Thanks for your reply. Will this new rule also apply to the three peripheral lots: Parking lots B and C on Ventura Boulevard, located about a quarter-mile from the Universal City Station; and the spillover parking lot established in 2015 near North Hollywood Station? If the answer is yes, this will cause a problem for those paying to park in Parking Lot C. Parking Lot C is sublet every summer to the Hollywood Bowl for stack parking for their concerts. It is also frequently sublet to movie crews. Will Metro cease its policy of subletting Parking Lot C, in fairness to swing shift riders like myself who pay $3.00 to park in Parking Lot C? A side note: What will happen to the dozen or so trailers that overnight in Parking Lot C?

        • Hey Laura —

          The $3.00 rate will apply to the North Hollywood “spillover” parking lot that established back in 2015 located at Chandler Blvd.

          However, it will not apply to the Parking Lot B & C on Ventura Blvd. They are not Metro owned properties and the subletting program for Hollywood Bowl and Base Camps are coordinated by Los Angeles County, which owns those properties.

          Steve Hymon
          Editor, The Source

          • Can the spill over lot get fixed? The mom pavement was a great idea until the rain. Now it’s treacherous driving a car through there and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tripped walking and that’s in daylight. Can’t wait until the time changes again and the lights are never on.

  18. I purposely chose NoHo so I can drive to the station and park and ride the Red line. Now in addition to the Metro fare I need to pay $3 on top of that? There is plenty of parking at Studio City during the week. Make the paid parking at nights or on the weekends. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!

  19. Charging people for a service they’re using? Makes sense to me! Parking lots ain’t free to build and maintain.

  20. If they really wanted to help those of us who use the subway weekly have easier parking, they’d make the parking free if your metro card is being used the day your car is there. Especially since they will have license plate readers. You could easily attach your license plate number to your scanned, to get on the, metro card.

    That’s another $700 per year per person who drive to the station to use the subway 5 days a week. To add salt in the wound saying, “it’s not going to generate much money” is a bunch of crap. $3 per day times 7 days a week is $21 per week times 52 weeks equals $1092 per space times the multitude of spaces there are. Interesting that those who thought up this plan think that is not a lot of money.

    If your license plate is read and your metro card isn’t used that day, then you get charged for parking, simple/easy. But no, instead, let’s make things even more difficult for those who were trying to cut down on traffic, pollution etc using the subway and make it more expensive and less appealing to use the system and go back to driving, listening to the stereo and adding to congestion.

    • We think this would be logistically very difficult — and would make it hard for patrons who use different cars or TAP cards. On the other hand, we think using the pay machines or app will serve the same purpose — and the app should be very easy to use, after the initial setup.

      The lots are not free to build, maintain, operate or police. There’s no doubt the fee will impact some people but the agency thinks it’s still substantially cheaper than driving and parking to downtown L.A. Free parking will remain along the Orange Line because those lots are under-used.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • The common use case: one driver, one tap card, one car. They park, cross the plaza, TAP for parking, go down the stairs, TAP the turnstile and their on their way. Easy. You guys could probably engineer that in a single sprint.

        But what if they use a different car? Spouse’s car – they use the machines for one-time payment. Rental car – they replace their normal car with the temporary car and then swap it back when they’re done.

        You can’t cover every single use case, but if you think about the typical commuter who has to drive to the station, you can cover most people.

  21. OMG!!! This adds another $60 minimum to my monthly expenses!!

  22. While there is a need to charge for parking during the day, night and weekend parking is not utilized at North Hollywood station. People will just park in the neighborhoods surrounding the station, which have free parking after 6 pm and on weekends. I also find it interesting that the automatic citation/vehicle license plate recognition technology which the proposer provided for in the RFP is not mentioned. Are bills going to pop in the mail of people who didn’t pay? Logistically that was difficult since someone could drive in, not find a space, and still get dinged.

  23. This is a welcome change, as one who’s attempted to park at North Hollywood mid-morning while formerly living in Santa Clarita, only to find a full lot and difficult alternative to park in the neighborhood.

  24. Is dynamic pricing an option? I would think you’d want to reach a certain sweet spot like 80% full. How you get there can be controlled by parking pricing from free to $3 per 24 hour period. Is the goal making money or keeping the lot available? In non-peak times, I would think a lower price would keep the freeloading cars away.

    • If the $3 pricing reduces parking, then charging for parking has the opposite intent of keeping cars off the road and the more affluent from using public transportation. Charging could have a negative effect on reducing overall congestion if the lots are not close to full capacity.

  25. If you somehow funded later night bus service from areas like mine, Santa Clarita, I wouldn’t even have to think about using your parking lots!

  26. There is free parking on Fredonia street and most of the neighbors I talked to a year ago don’t mind. Also Lankershim Blvd just south of Vineland.

  27. Measure H scam, Measure M scam, Gov Moonbeam and his $52 Billion dollar transportation scheme and now this? $720.00 per year for a parking lot? It is a flat piece of land that does not need any type of maintenance, besides, we all know that the govt does not do preventative maintenance or upkeep on anything except their own wallet. We already pay taxes to maintain the city and county and state properties. Next the DWP will be raising rates, the Metro bus/train will soon be $2.00 per fare due to low/high ridership, etc… The BS rivers are flowing strong with this one…

    • Parking lots do require expensive resurfacing every so often. Just because you pay taxes doesn’t mean everything should be free. Yes, Metro will have to raise rates in a few years most likely just like any business does.

      • Matt-
        Slurry coatings are not expensive, plus they only need to be resurfaced about once every 20 years. Metro is not a business, if it were a business, they would be out of business already due to poor management. They are in public service, and since they are public servants, there should be no money wasted on frivolous notions. And any maintenance should be taken care of before anyone gets another pay raise or increase in any one of the many, many benefits and perks they receive.

  28. $3 for 24-hours… does that mean in-and-out privileges? That is, I park, take the train to work, come back, drive home, get my wife, and then come back, park again and grab some Mod Pizza and then take the train to Hollywood for a show at Pantages?

  29. So many questions still abound… I wish you had anticipated more of these questions and laid out the options more plainly. A (minor) change like this shouldn’t be giving me this kind of anxiety. Would you please start a FAQ?

    Are these the options?

    * Option 1: Pay daily at new machines using a credit card, not your TAP card. $3/day+several minutes each day depending on lines at machines. (Machines located where… in terminal? Or near parking?)

    * Option 2: Pay by app – $3/day. (App not available until first day of new parking plan, so no ability to register in advance. Use the app before you go underground since there’s no cell signal or wifi.)

    * Option 3: Get a monthly pass. $60/month. (Still only $60? Still a waiting list?)

    Are all spaces now open to all riders, or does option 3 still get preferential parking?
    What if you drive into the lot and can’t find a space and leave again?
    What if you have a monthly pass and can’t find a space?
    What if you just want to pick someone up?
    Is there a discounted rate for people with permanent handicap placards?
    Are you working with the city to add neighborhood permits to the areas around the station to avoid pushing the parking out to the neighborhood?
    Is there a discount for the absolutely crappy overflow lot?
    If this generates a profit, will that revenue be used to directly improve parking conditions?
    Why aren’t you releasing the app before the start so we can pre-register?
    Was FasTrak considered as a payment method?
    Was the most common use-case scenario considered? (1 car registered to TAP card. Car drives in, the parking machine gets TAPped within 8 minutes and then the turnstile gets TAPped 2 minutes later – fair guess that’s a regular commuter)

    • I think tvjames has some great points which I echo in my post below. I just think that the people using these lots need a lot more information before this is rolled out in 3 weeks’ time. I am in favor of it, actually, but much more clarification is necessary. Where can we go to find out the FULL DETAILS?

  30. Thanks for deleting my comment, the truth hurts and you can’t handle the truth…

  31. I sincerely hope you offer senior rates comparable to what you charge for riding the metro. An additional $60 a month is an unacceptable increase.

  32. Hi Steve and Anna! I am a monthly paid parker at NoHo and this really doesn’t well describe how this will change my daily routine. Will the monthly rate go up? Will I need a new sticker? Will the number of monthly spaces change? How do you envision this changing of at all to the current monthly parkers?

    • All great questions. Steve and Anna have grown frustratingly silent. One can only hope they’re preparing a second blog post to answer all these great questions. Hopefully they were caught unaware by all of us who want to plan ahead and not have our schedules impacted and that they’ll think through the comms a little better in the future.

      Lots of people begging Metro to reconsider and I’m sure this late in the game they won’t. Equipment’s been ordered, memos have been sent, installation crews scheduled. Even though it’s been (uncommon) knowledge for a few months now that they were going to start charging in late April, it still feels like it’s been spring on us haphazardly without sufficient thought.

      I’m predicting that there will be long lines, confusion and angry people on April 24, many of whom will say “forget this” and just go down and get on a train without paying. I’m also not confident that we’ll see a working app on that day.

    • Hi Michael,

      The monthly rate will remain the same at this time. There are no plans currently to change the amount of permit spaces. The new enforcement will be done through license plate, and I highly encourage you to email so staff can address your concerns directly.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  33. I was being green. Now I go back to driving to work where parking is free. Will the overflow lots at Universal be paid parking also? I never see them full.

    • Hi Shirley;

      The $3.00 rate will apply to the North Hollywood “spillover” parking lot that established back in 2015 located at Chandler Blvd.

      However, it will not apply to the Parking Lot B & C on Ventura Blvd. They are not Metro owned properties and the subletting program for Hollywood Bowl and Base Camps are coordinated by Los Angeles County, which owns those properties.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

      • Thank you for clarifying. I will use the overfill lots for special events, but I will not pay for my commute. I was always there at 6 AM. Now I am giving up my spot for someone who gets to sleep in.

        • Hi, Shirley. Thanks for your reply. I suppose you would classify me as “someone who gets to sleep in.” I arrive at the parking lot each day at noon. Shirley, I’m a swing shift worker (hours are 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm). Would you have me arriving at the lot at 6:00 am for my 1:00 pm job? Do I ever find parking? Of course not (currently I take the bus).

  34. Why not just have some spots that have time limits?
    If you have spots that allow people to park only 4/6/8 hours, some of those people would likely get back earlier
    to clear out rather than “linger” and risk a ticket.

    There used to be plenty of parking until they starting converting the spots to paid parking.
    Eventually they fill up, but the alternatives offered so far create more problems/traffic.
    Normally go to Universal for the Subway? Just divert to North Hollywood, spend more time on the road to get to
    the orange line parking and then spend an additional 20-40 minutes of your day dealing with that stop.

    I’m honestly of the belief that by simply tying the tap card to the parking, without the additional charge, will free up
    the spaces currently being used by visitors and workers at Universal Studios as well as a few other local businesses
    that do not provide their employees parking.

    All that will happen at Universal is lots of people will divert to the park and ride to save the $700+ per year that they do not
    have. They will also waste their time running further and in some cases they will no longer travel downtown during off
    work times to go to events on weekends/holidays.

    • I am in agreement with you Richard. I hold a 30-day pass…if I’m driving from Sylmar, Chatsworth, Pacoima, Burbank, or anywhere in the valley….it makes no sense to charge me $3/day when I have a 30-day pass and I have to take the subway to get to work. Why couldn’t the machines just exclude monthly Metro pass holders from paying $3/day. This current setup will just make a lot of people stay in their cars. North Hollywood station is full by 7am, Monday – Friday. If a license plate scan reader is already set up and it is tied to a TAP card—it can know which vehicles are tied to that TAP card and know that a monthly Metro pass holder is a legitimate frequent Metro customer.

      • It seems like this is just a way to make more money. All the excuses that were given, that a monitary charge will free up parking spaces, is a publicity diversion. When there is no enforcement or “tap Card Gate” at the Universal City lot, tourists will still find that even a $3.oo parking charge is a lot cheaper than $20, that Universal Studios charges for day or night parking. I am sure that from 4pm on, when the lots are half empty, there will still be a charge.

  35. So where can we find the Orange Line parking lots that are free? I will definitely be parking there once this starts!

  36. More daily business for Uber from me. Adding in the parking fees/extra steps/headache to use the subway, I can be picked up at my front door by Uber and don’t have to deal with the pee, stench and crazies that MTA does nothing about for about the same price or not much more. With the hours I use it, I’ve never had a parking issue. This just puts the nail in it for me. Bye.

  37. Will there be a discounted parking rate for riders with reduced fare TAP cards?

    • So I get a discounted rate to ride but not to park? Doesn’t really do me any good. For the price of parking, I’d rather take my car. By the way, if you do park in any of their lots, be careful not to walk on the speed bumps. I walked on one last year, slipped, broke my arm and shoulder and ended up with a metal plate and 10 screws in them plus additional medical bills that I’m paying out of pocket. Metro denied my claim which was way less than the max but now expects me to pay them money to park. That was one expensive non-ride on my part. I finally have the courage after all this time to park in the lot again and now I have to pay for it. Trust me, I already did and won’t be doing it again.

  38. Please advise – how will this impact those with permanent handicap placards or stickers?
    How will this impact handicap space availability?
    If handicap has to pay will there be reduced rates?

    • Hi Mary,

      ADA parking will continue to remain available with the same amount of spaces, at the same daily rate as the rest of the lot.

      Thank you,

      Anna Chen
      Writer, The Source

  39. All goes back to when the Red Line was built in the Valley. Metro went cheap with little parking. But Pasadena on the Gold Line got a multi-story parking structure. Now Metro wants us to pay for its bad decision.

    More taxes to Metro in Measure M. And probably get its part of the 20 percent of the new state gas tax and license fee increases that the Legislature approved on Friday.

    Reminds me of a version of the famous Mark & Brian line. “Take. Take. Take. Always take. Never give.”

  40. It’s also stated that current monthly permit holders will be automatically rolled over into the new system on the 24th. Does that mean we have to double-pay for the last week of the month? Or is MTA/iParq going to reimburse us for the week we’ve already paid for?

  41. I respectfully ask that you remove the $3 charge. Verification of ridership makes sense but the $3 charge doesn’t — it effectively almost doubles the cost of the subway for a commuter driving to the station.

    In the early morning at Universal City, where I park, it seems unlikely to me that the lot is filling up with non-riders. Universal and CityWalk aren’t even open yet.

    If I’m wrong and that is the case, the solution is verification. Have us scan a valid TAP card in the parking lot, and then again when we scan in the station. If the in-station scan doesn’t occur, it triggers a penalty. That would ensure all spaces go to riders, without a parking charge.

    A major aim of a transit system is to enable and encourage people to use it. The $3 charge is counterproductive to that and unfair to commuters. Please remove it.

  42. Free parking is not a right and $$ for public transit should not be spent on building and maintaining free parking. Land around Metro stations is extremely valuable it is a complete waste to be surface parking.

    • The only way to reduce congestion or make it suck less is to get car drivers of the road too. A full parking lot is good for reducing congestion.

  43. It really seems to me that even though the Mayor and city wants us to use more public transportation, LA Metro keeps putting obstacles in our way. To commute round trip is $3.50. Now it is almost doubled. That can be prohibitive for people. Or just a huge financial burden. I know it makes a difference in my household – my husband commutes. Have the monitoring and don’t ask us to pay. At Universal, the lot fills up by 8am. Those are commuters because none of the businesses are open at that time. And sometimes we go downtown in the afternoon, evening or weekends and then, the lot is totally empty. So this fee isn’t making a difference in parking availability at those times. So while you think this fee is a solution, it’s actually a punishment for those of us who use L.A. Metro. Absolutely against it and request that you rethink this plan!