If you’re planning on parking in the city lots along 11th Street before you catch BART to cheer on the Giants, make sure to bring $3.
Last Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to implement special event parking fees for evenings and weekends. The new resolution allows the city to charge $3 a day for parking during special events in the city-owned lots along 11th Street.
Parking in the BART station lot will remain free on evenings and weekends.
Which events will require the special parking fee is up to the city manager’s discretion, according to city staff.
“It’s really geared more for sporting events, such as the games that were going on last week and this week,” redevelopment manager Mark Evanoff said.
Evanoff said afternoon and early evening games create the highest demand for parking in the Intermodal Station District.
At a recent baseball game, Lot 1 had been entirely filled by 9 a.m. and Lot 2 had an additional 250 vehicles in it, according to Evanoff.
Lot 1 currently has metered parking spaces for 50 cents an hour or $3 a day. Lot 2, which was previously permit parking only, will now also handle special event parking.
The paid parking program at the Station District has been in place since 2010 but the demand for parking in the area, along with BART ridership, has since increased, staff said.
The parking fee may not impact local community events, such as those held at nearby Kennedy Park, staff said.
“If it were a local event it would be looked upon differently,” Economic Development Director Joan Malloy said at last week’s meeting.
For more information about Union City's parking restrictions, visit the City of Union City website.