DART is Expanding Paid Parking to the DFW Station, So Good Luck Finding a Free Spot

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The future Belt Line Station, where you won't be allowed to leave your car overnight for free.
I know what you're thinking: Come December, when DART opens its station at DFW Airport, you'll just slide your luxury vehicle into one of the 597 brand-new parking spaces at the Orange Line terminus while you hop on Lufthansa for your European ski holiday. After all, there's plenty of space. DART says so right here:

"Parking definitely does not come at a premium at the upcoming Belt Line Station." And who wants to be gouged by the airport parking monopoly, much less actually ride the train to DFW? Have you ever been on those things?

Alas, DART also knows what you're thinking. This week, a board committee considered a plan to include the Belt Line Station, which is technically on airport property, in its so-called parking demonstration.

The demonstration, if you'll recall, is a two-year trial launched in April that charges motorists who live outside DART's service area $2 to $5 to park at the light rail system's northernmost termini, the Frankford/North Carrolton and Parker Road station's. The Downtown Plano stationNorthwest Plano Park & Ride, which opens July 30, was added later. DART service area residents, more of whose sales taxes fund the transit service, can register their cars and park free.

There are no details yet about what DART will charge at the airport station. That will come when the matter goes before the full board for official consideration. But the overnight thing fees are a given, since they are written into the agreement with DFW.

All of which got me thinking. How's the paid parking thing working out? DART spokesman Morgan Lyons noted that the program's scarcely two months old, and doesn't have any readily available figures on revenues. But he reported mostly positive feedback. The main side effect seems to be folks from the far-flung suburbs simply hopping up the line to the Bush Turnpke and Trinity Mills station to avoid the parking fee. That, said Lyons, was expected.


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Seattle Airport Transportation
Seattle Airport Transportation

Vehicle definitely does not come at a top quality at the future Buckle Line Place. There are no information yet about what DART will cost at manchester international terminal station.

Branden Helms
Branden Helms

Funny, I was just thinking the same thing about yours.

coachbranden
coachbranden

If you dig deeper, you'll find a lot of hidden charges that come with cars. When they aren't direct, in this case, you mentioned "gas, tires, maintenance, depreciation, etc." they are usually overlooked. Direct costs like gas prices or parking fees are what gets the focus.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

It's not a car culture, it's an SUV culture. And I don't think people here love driving, or love cars.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

And there we have it. The "If you don't like it, don't live here" argument.  Oh and it's "differently"

Buckingham Rd
Buckingham Rd

Even in Brooklyn? Why are you comparing NYC w/ Dallas? Way two different cities and infrastructure. Everyone knows in North TX we love our car culture. 

Buckingham Rd
Buckingham Rd

Depending what time of day it is. Morning and afternoon rush hour. Then yes it it.

Buckingham Rd
Buckingham Rd

Do your research before you ask dumb questions.

Buckingham Rd
Buckingham Rd

We do things different in Dallas. Get use to it.

Paul
Paul

 It is not free ... it is $2 per day or a monthly pass.  The train ride is free.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I do not understand what the fixation is with free parking at rail stations. There is a not a freaking system in the US that gives away parking. 

Ket
Ket

" But the overnight thing is a given, written into the agreement with DFW." What is "the overnight thing"? Thanks.

RT
RT

A little off topic, but has anyone heard why the new Megabus Dallas stop just got moved to Grand Prairie? Their website says the city forced the move but it seems like these things would have been worked out ahead of time. Was really looking forward to $1.00 trips to Austin...alright that was very off topic, sorry.

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