Effective Monday, June 3, 2019, Metro Gold Line riders now have to pay $3 a day to park at the Duarte Park and Ride lot adjacent to the Duarte/City of Hope Gold Line station. Since the new fee went into effect, there has been an increase in all day street parking in the area.
On more than one occasion, street parking in the entire Lewis Business Park was full by mid-morning. Metro effectively worked with neighboring businesses of the station to discourage parking in private lots, but City streets have become clearly impacted.
To effectively address this impact on business, on June 4, 2019 the Traffic Safety Commission voted to support 5-Hour Parking restrictions in the surrounding area of the Metro Gold Line as a response to the overwhelming number of vehicles parked on the surrounding streets. Parking restrictions will be as follows: 5-Hour parking, Monday – Friday, 7am-6pm on Business Center Drive, Flower Ave., and Evergreen St. in the immediate Gold Line Station Parking Area. Parking on Business Center Dr. by Woodward and the Gold Line Station is already limited to two hours and has been since the Gold Line parking opened. The residential neighborhood directly to the north of Business Center Dr. is covered by residential parking restrictions that were also imposed when the Gold Line parking first opened.
The signs will be installed the week of July 8th. Public Safety will issue warnings for the first week while staff will continue to monitor the situation and conduct a full parking analysis in six months. Public Works and Public Safety will work with property owners in the area to assist them with control and enforcement in private parking lots.
To support this action by the Commission, the Public Works Division surveyed surrounding businesses regarding potential parking restrictions and hired RKA Engineering to conduct a parking analysis of the current parking conditions located in the Gold Line Station parking area. The study found that the Gold Line parking lot reaches capacity at 7:00 am. Parking overflow then spills over to Business Center Drive which then continues to Evergreen Street. Currently, at least 50 percent surveyed of street parking may be used by Gold Line riders.
The Duarte/City of Hope station now joins the ranks of other busy stations having to pay to park along the San Gabriel Valley route. The new $3 daily parking fee also went into effect at the parking structure in Arcadia. Transit riders looking to park at either of the structures will need their TAP cards as proof of ridership when they pay for parking at a kiosk outside.
For additional information about the Metro Gold Line Duarte/City of Hope Station parking fee, call Metro at (323) 466-3876. For questions regarding the new parking instructions, contact Public Works at (626) 357-7931.