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    Published Saturday, January 31, 2009, by the Redwood City Daily News Peninsula BART station parking fees start Monday By Mike Rosenberg Daily News Staff Writer
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      Published Saturday, January 31, 2009, by the Redwood City Daily News

      Peninsula BART station parking fees start Monday

      By Mike Rosenberg
      Daily News Staff Writer

      BART riders will have to shell out $1 per weekday to park at three
      Peninsula stations starting Monday, when fees at two other local
      stations will also jump by a dollar.

      The new $1 fee approved by the BART Board of Directors in October
      will be implemented Monday at the Millbrae, San Bruno and South
      San Francisco stations.

      Parking at those stations had been free since April 2004, but spaces
      have become so difficult to find that BART decided to reinstate the
      fee, said spokeswoman Luna Salaver. The three stations were used by
      about 10,900 riders each weekday from July through September,
      according to BART.

      Parking will still be free on weekends, and on weekdays after 3 p.m.
      In addition, starting Monday the $2 per day fee to park at the Daly
      City station will increase by $1, while the daily parking fee at the
      Colma station will increase a dollar from $1 to $2. About 12,400
      riders used those two stations each weekday from July through
      September.

      From February through the end of June, the new parking fees and
      increases are expected to generate about $800,000 for BART, which
      approved them while facing budget problems.

      Riders will have a couple of ways to pay for parking. EZ Rider card
      reader machines have been installed on each floor of the stations and
      can scan the cards to automatically show proof of parking purchase
      without customers having to put a receipt on their car's dashboard,
      Salaver said. BART community service officers check the machines to
      determine which cars have paid for parking.

      EZ Rider cards are only available on the Web site
      <https://ezrider.bart.gov>, and can be used to pay for both parking
      fees and regular fares. An EZ Rider card with a $48 credit on it
      costs $45 but no further commuter deals, like the $20 monthly parking
      pass Caltrain offers, will be available for BART, Salaver said.

      Today is the last day to obtain free EZ Rider cards. Beginning Sunday,
      a blank card will cost $5 and the placard riders put on their rear
      view mirror will cost $2. When the value of the card falls below $10,
      it automatically reloads.

      Alternatively, separate parking fee machines have been installed in
      the same part of the stations where riders buy their passes, Salaver
      said. Riders will need to take the receipt from those machines and
      place it on their dashboard, however, to avoid being ticketed.

      BART previously struggled with keeping parking fees low at the
      Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco stations. Riders
      originally had to pay $2 per day to park in July 2003, and that was
      reduced to $1 in December 2003, before being eliminated in April 2004.

      In terms of other increases, the transit agency implemented a 5.4
      percent system-wide fare hike on the first day of 2008 but has not
      raised ticket prices since.


      E-mail Mike Rosenberg at mike.rosenberg@...
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