Paid parking a step closer as DART committee approves pilot project
Thoughts? I understand DART wanting to raise revenue but if it drives customers away, no pun intended, then it may have the reverse effect.A Dallas Area Rapid Transit committee voted unanimously Tuesday to begin charging some patrons to park at two of its most popular stations. DART customers who do not live within the agency's 13-city service area will have to pay $2 per day, or $40 monthly, to park at Parker Road Station at the north end of the Red Line and at North Carrollton / Frankford Station on the Green Line. If approved in two weeks by the full DART board, and it seems certain that it will be, the pilot program will take effect once DART selects a private company to develop and run the experiment, most likely sometime late this year. Many details won't be known until the private firm is selected, but DART customers likely will be asked to show proof of residence to buy decal that will be good for the duration of the project. That decal will determine how much, if any, customers will have to pay to park. Residents of member cities will be able to park for free, unless they want to pay $30 for reserved parking spots closer to the station. Those who live outside the service area will have to pay to park. Rates will begin at $2 daily for regular parking, or $4 during special events like the annual Texas-OU football game. A monthly pass will be available for $40, and reserved parking will be sold to residents of non-member cities for $60 per month. In addition, residents of non-member cities will have to pay $5 per day for long-term parking.
I do like the idea of having some reserved spaces that DART can lease out. That way if someone is a regular user and they want a guaranteed spot they can have it. I would hope the revenue raised can be used to build parking garages instead of simply lots, but those also cost money.
Although it is just the two termini stations on the green and red line I would wonder how many drivers would make the short drive to the Trinity Mills or Downtown Carrollton to park.