BART plans to update its parking fee structure later this year, introducing demand-based parking fees and modernizing a parking policy that hasn’t been updated since 2013.
The minimum daily parking fee at all BART stations is currently $1, with a ceiling of $3. However, every BART station’s daily parking fee is already $3 except the South Hayward and North Concord stations, where daily parking costs $2 and $2.50, respectively, according to Ryan Greene-Roesel, BART’s parking program manager.
The proposed new parking fee structure would set the minimum daily fee at $3 at all stations with a maximum of $8, although fees would only increase at stations with parking lots that are at least 90 percent full.
The updated policy would also not apply to West Oakland, which does not have a cap on its daily parking fee. Parking at West Oakland currently costs $10.50 per day and is one of just three stations along with Lake Merritt and Glen Park that regularly have parking occupancies above 90 percent.
“We’ve been increasing rider fares based on inflation for many, many, many, many years but have had no mechanism to be able to make adjustment to our parking costs in the same way.”Janice Li, BART board member
“We’re far from a world, right now, where our lots are in their pre-pandemic state,” Greene-Roesel said at BART’s April 27 Board of Directors meeting. “So we would actually only increase when the lots fill and ridership is back at those stations.”
Minimum single and multi-day parking fees would remain at $4 per day, but the maximum would increase from $7 to $11 under the proposal. Monthly parking passes currently range from $63 to $105 and would increase to a range of $84 to $220.
The fees would vary by station, time of day and the day of the week, according to BART officials.
The proposal would not raise a significant amount of money, with a revenue estimate between $2 million and $5 million per year by fiscal year 2028, but would help BART’s parking fees catch up to inflation.
“We’ve been increasing rider fares based on inflation for many, many, many, many years but have had no mechanism to be able to make adjustment to our parking costs in the same way,” said board member Janice Li.
The BART Board is set to hold a public hearing about the proposed parking fee increases on May 25 and will tentatively vote on them on June 8.