Metro seems to be brimming with new programs this year. First, the new Gold Line Expansion opened. Then on May 20th, three new Expo Line stations will be unveiled. And now, to top it all off, a pilot parking free program will be implemented at nine Metro Rail stations, starting with the Expo Line. The daily parking rate will be between $2 and $3, and the monthly rate ranges from $29 to $59.
Why should riders pay for parking? Since parking is not reserved, the goal of parking fees is to help balance supply and demand at these nine locations by deterring non-transit riders from parking and thus potentially clearing up additional spaces. Furthermore, the program will help create revenue to cover the cost of Metro’s parking facilities.
For more information about the program, check out the presentation below.