Parking fees have some DART riders reconsidering rail transit

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by TINA FOSTER

WFAA

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 2 at 5:45 PM

Parking is a passionate issue for the DART commuters who will now have to pay for it if they want to park and ride.

DART's "Fair Share" pilot parking-fee program started Monday. Some drivers decided to go to other lots, where there is no charge to park.

Still others are rethinking the train.

"Another $2 [per day], which is going to be another $10 a week, so I have to stretch my money," Maria Walker said.

Walker is one of the commuters who live outside DART's 13-member cities. She will now have to pay to park in lots at the Parker Road and North Carrollton/Frankford stations.

The change made for a full lot at DART's Trinity Mills Station, less than one mile down the tracks from the North Carrollton Station.

Others told News 8 paying $2 per day to park isn't worth it.

"I have an annual pass, and that's quite a bit of money, and now I'm paying for parking," John Hooks said. "Now I might as well drive to my destination."

Parking violators face fines up to $50 per day if they pull in without a permit, but this week DART will issue warning citations only.

"It's over $500 a year, so it's going to put a little cramp in my budget," Debbie Ortega said.

E-mail tfoster@wfaa.com

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