DART Inches Closer to Charging for "Premium Parking" at Parker and Frankford Stations

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Last month we broke the news that Dallas Area Rapid Transit would begin charging for parking at the Parker Road and North Carrollton/Frankford stations, an experiment (or "demonstration," in DART parlance) intended to boost flagging revenues. DART's been eying this for a long while; public hearings on the subject were held a long, hot summer ago. But at its board meeting this evening, it becomes official -- at least, just as soon a "parking management firm" can be found to "implement the demonstration," per the item on the board's agenda.

The few pages' of docs related to the parking fee follow; there's where the parking-fee chart you see above comes from. DART also explain why it's doin' what it's about to do ...
The primary objective of the paid parking program is to obtain higher financial support from customers residing in non-member cities. The demonstration partially addresses the equity concern expressed by service area residents who pay the full DART sales tax and the fare while non-residents pay only the transit fare.
... and acknowledges, yes, there could be a drop in ridership accordingly but it's so worth it:
Increasing the cost of transit will result in some loss of patronage by customers residing outside the service area. The average loss in patronage is 3% for every 10% increase in the cost of using transit. However, since non-residents will have the option to shift to free lots, paid parking will cause some non-resident customers to shift to free parking lots.
Now, jump. Don't worry. It's still free. Dart Paid Parking Resolution

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Kwei
Kwei

I lived in Dallas County for 38 years but moved to an area 150 feet away from Carrollton, but still work and dine at Dallas and Collin counties. It's not fair to say that I do not constribute my sale tax to DART.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

If you live in a member city ofcourse :) Now, someone help me with this, 8 Cents are sales tax that we pay for that Dr. Pepper at the store, I spend $1.49 I guess, then add $1.57 I guess, 7 of thoses cents goes to the state, and 1 Cent the City can decide on what to spend on, so If I brought my Dr. Pepper at a Dallas or Plano 7-11 that 1 cent goes to DART, or if I went to a 7-11 in Mesquite or Allen, that 1 Cent goes to the City and they do whatever they want to it, right?

Allen Commuter
Allen Commuter

This is also my pet peeve.  Is there a way to get my 1cent back for any item I purchase in Plano?  Also where did they come up with $40 a month.  That's equivalent to an average resident spending $48,000 a year in Plano (1cent/$1).  Oh yea, someone needs to pay for the attendees looking for violators!

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Each city may add a variable tax rate upon the base 6.25% up to a 8.25% overall maximum tax rate. http://www.window.state.tx.us/...

Your best bet is to buy a fruit drink from a grocery store which would be non taxable.

Branden Helms
Branden Helms

The sales tax cap is 8.25 percent. The state gets 6.25%, municipalities get 2%. Most cities allocate 1% to the general fund. The remaining is discretionary. The DART member cities use it for transit. Some use it for economic development. Others dedicate it to property tax relief (another way of funding the general fund). Some use it for police, fire or crime watches.

Wes Scott
Wes Scott

There is no such thing as "federal funding". All funding of government at any level is from the pockets of taxpaying citizens like you and me. It is merely doled out by local, state or federal governmental entities from funds paid by us.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

True so how can they surcharge  anyone for a a parking space ?

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