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Friday, January 3, 2014

Here Is How Much You Will Have to Pay to Park at BART in 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

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It isn't just costing you more to ride BART, it's costing you more to get to BART if you're driving, that is.

Starting this month, BART riders who park at select stations will have to shell out more money to ditch their cars for the day so they can hop on BART.

The new fees are on top of the 5 percent increase in ticket prices which went into effect on Jan. 1.

So if you typically drive to BART, keep reading, here's what you can expect to pay now:

Jan 13, 2014

  • Fremont Line: BART patrons will have to pay $2 a day to park at the following stations: Fremont, Union City, San Leandro, Fruitvale, and Lake Merritt.

  • Pittsburg/Bay Point Line: Riders will start paying $2 per day at the following stations: Pittsburg/Bay Point , Pleasant Hill , Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda , and Rockridge.

  • Patrons at the Daly City station will have to pay a $3 daily parking fee.

Jan 27, 2014

  • Dublin/Pleasanton Line: Patrons will pay $2 at the following stations: Dublin/Pleasanton, West Dublin/Pleasanton, and Castro Valley.

  • Richmond Line: Expect to pay $2 at El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Ashby, and Macarthur stations.

  • West Oakland station will charge $6 per day.

These stations will not see a change in daily parking fees: Glen Park ($2 per day), Richmond ($1 per day), South Hayward ($1 per day), Bay Fair ($1.50 per day), Colma ($2.50 per day), South San Francisco ($2 per day), San Bruno ($2 per day), Millbrae ($2 per day).

The parking fees are evaluated every six months. If BART noticed the station lot is consistently full, then it may increase fees by 50 cents. On the flip side, if the lot is less than 95 percent full, then the fee could drop by 50 cents.

The good news is that BART's parking fee is capped at $3, except at West Oakland (sorry, Oaklanders!).

All your extra change will add up and be used strictly for station improvements, including shuttle and feeder service to stations as well as modernization enhancements.

Now here's how you can pay for parking:

Clipper card: This is the easiest way to pay for your parking. Sign up in advance to link your Clipper card to a hang tag for your car, and then you simply tag the card inside the paid area at a Parking Validation Machine. That's one last thing you have to worry about in your busy day. unless of course you are at the Glen Park station where this isn't available.

Cash: Once inside the faregates, enter the stall number from your parking space into an Add Fare Machine; pay in cash, and save your receipt.

Blue Tickets: Once inside the faregates enter the stall number from your parking space into an Add Fare Machine; pay with your blue ticket, and save your receipt. You may only pay with a BART blue ticket if you have entered the faregates with this same ticket.

Now might be a good time to ask for that raise.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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