DART abandons paid parking experiment

DART parking

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Spaces at light rail stations were numbered for DART's "Fair Share Parking" scheme that started in April, 2012.

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 11:16 PM

Free parking for all will return to outlying DART light rail stations.

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board of directors on Tuesday voted to end its "Fair Share" parking trial that was designed to extract additional revenue from passengers who don't live in a DART member city.

DART member cities pay part of their local sales taxes to DART; other cities don't.

Parking spaces at the Parker Road, North Carrollton/Frankford and  Belt Line rail stations and at the Northwest Plano Park and Ride bus station were numbered, and passengers were required to either have a sticker proving they live in a DART city or display a receipt showing that they paid to park, in the program that started in April, 2012.

Many passengers simply opted to park instead at the nearest station that didn't charge for parking, and DART staffers who reviewed the trial said it simply wasn't paying for itself.

Free parking will resume in April, 2014.

 

 

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