Free Parking in Reston Town Center is a Thing of the Past Starting Sept 12th 2016

Free Parking in Reston Town Center is a Thing of the Past Starting Sept 12th 2016

Free parking in Reston? It’ll be a story you can tell your grand kids sitting around the fire reminiscing of the good ole days starting September 12th, 2016. The once free town center that boasts of endless restaurants like Jackson’s, World of Beer, and Uncle Julio’s has succumb to the ever increasing price gouging tactics laid upon those who decide to opt out of public transportation by means of piloting their own vehicles to the Reston hangout.

Start next month, Boston Properties, managers of the center and its parking garages, will implement a pay-to-park by app or in person. And if you think lucking out by snagging a coveted parallel spot along the strip will save you a few bucks, you’re wrong. “Visitors will pay $2 an hour (maximum $24 daily) in RTC’s seven garages and street rates of $3 an hour (free on Sundays),” according to RestonNow.com.

But not all hope is lost. If you’re stopping by the town center to grab a quick bite, there are a few retailers who have jumped on the validation bandwagon. The following (blessed) entities have opted to validation – as to how much and for how long is still in negotiations (this is actually paid for by the stores bottom lines).

  • Bow Tie Cinemas
  • Crunch Fitness
  • Barcelona Wine Bar
  • Bartaco
  • Community Canteen
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge
  • PassionFish

Added to the inconvenience to visitor’s wallets, you’ll also need to allot some of your smart phone’s memory capabilities to download the app in order to pay to park. “The app, which is free to download from iTunes or Google Play, will enable visitors to see available spaces, pay for a parking session, extend a parking session, and receive discounts from retailers.” A comment left on the Reston lifestyle site asks “Why does the app require so much information from my phone? I cannot understand why it requires permissions for contact list, call history, bluetooth, camera and other functionality.” So looks like we’re paying to park and get to have our phone’s data harvested in the process – win win (not for you, for them).

The change was brought on by commuters ditching their rides to jump on the metro for a day of work leaving the town center in a choke hold for parking during its busy lunch hours. If you’ve been to Reston for lunch on a Wednesday, you’ve probably enjoyed a scenic tour of their overcrowded parking garages floor by floor. While parking is free on event days and holidays, it’s easy to see this as a ploy to get a little more cash from drivers trying to spend a little free time grabbing a bite in Reston.

Not that Reston was ever a great place for the car community as seen by the few meets that attempted to start in garages there and met an untimely demise by the RTC security team, it still sucks that you have to shell out just a little more to enjoy a drive around this area (as if the toll road leading to Reston wasn’t already offensive enough).

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  1. […] since the last update on Reston’s plans to go pay-to-park in September, the people have gotten fed up enough to start an online petition to convince Boston […]

  2. […] since the last update on Reston’s plans to go pay-to-park in September, the people have gotten fed up enough to start an online petition to convince Boston […]

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