One of the tougher issues Metro has to deal with involves parking at transit stations. It takes money to build, maintain and operate parking. The agency has also been working to ensure that parking remains available for patrons actually taking transit.
The Metro Board this month received the above Metro update on “The Supportive Transit Parking Program Master Plan.” The Board is scheduled to consider the master plan in January.
For those who use the system, what this really means: Metro will continue to implement daily and monthly parking pricing at stations to better manage supply and demand of parking. Over the last year, the agency has started charging parking pricing at 11 of the agency’s 59 stations as part of a test program. Four more stations will soon have pricing: Norwalk, Lakewood, and Crenshaw and Aviation stations.
As for future pricing, the master plan recommends charging for parking at any station with 70 percent or more occupancy.
Thus far, Metro has found that pricing seems to be working — there are more spots open throughout the day at the 11 stations that charge for parking. Payment can be made through pay machines or through a smartphone app. The system requires proof of transit use via a TAP card and that helps keep people not taking transit from parking at a Metro facility.
Related: The Metro Board on Thursday is considering the acquisition from Caltrans of two transit parking lots at stations on the Green Line: Lakewood and Norwalk. The purpose is to better manage the lots for Metro customers. Here’s the staff report.
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