Monday, March 19, 2012 , Updated 10:10 a.m., April 3, 2012
UPDATED: DART’s paid parking lots begin April 2
You're off the hook if you live in a partner city and have a permit.
If you don't live in one of DART's 13 partner cities and are going to park at the Parker Road or North Carrollton/Frankford stations, you'll have to pay up beginning Monday, April 2.
The paid parking lots will help collect money to "meet the demand that riders outside DART's service area have placed on the rail system while rewarding other residents for their city’s commitment to DART," according to a DART press release.
The DART partner cities are: Addison, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Glenn Heights, Highland Park, Irving, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, and University Park. If you live in one of these cities, apply for a parking permit sticker so you can avoid the fees. Find more info about how to apply for a permit here.
If you don't live in a partner fee or don't have a permit, it's $2 for 12 hours; $5 for 24 hours.
UPDATE: After the paid parking lots went into effect, NBCDFW reports that DART riders are packing in to the non-paid stations in order to avoid fees. The article notes, "So many people drove the extra mile to avoid the new fee at Frankford Road that their parked cars spilled into another parking lot across the street in front of a nearby business."
We don't blame them.
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