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Monday, October 6, 2014

BART Parking Won't Be Free at East Bay Stations Anymore

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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If there's anything that separates San Francisco from the rest of the region (besides hipsters and housing prices) it's free and easy parking. 

Or at least it was.

Apparently, even that incentive to move out to the far-flung parts of the Bay Area seems to be dissipating fast. BART dropped the news today that starting this month, the transit agency will begin charging for parking at various stations that are currently free.

According to the transit agency, drivers who need to stash their cars for the day will have to shell out $1, which isn't much money, unless of course you don't have that much money. Alas, you have plenty of time to start saving, as the first free station won't begin charging commuters until the end of the month.

Here's the new schedule:
  • Concord: Monday, October 27, 2014
  • North Concord: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • Coliseum/Oakland Airport: TBD
  • Hayward: TBD
"Once the dates for Coliseum/Oakland Airport and Hayward have been set, BART will release another passenger bulletin with the exact dates at least two weeks before the new fees begin," BART noted. 

You can use your Clipper Card, Cash, and Blue Tickets to pay for parking. All you have to do is park you car, remember your parking stall number, head inside the station and go to an "Add Fare Machine." There, you will enter your stall number and your payment. 

All this extra cash will be well worth it, according to BART. The new revenue generated from your parking habits will be placed into a special account to be used only for programs to improve station access, including shuttle and feeder service to stations, and much-needed station sprucing.

Consider yourself lucky if you use these select stations: Earlier this year, BART seriously jacked the price to park at other stations where now commuters have to pay as much as $6.50 to park for the day

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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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