SEPTA to end free parking at Regional Rail stations sometime after July 1st

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 3rd that SEPTA is planning to reintroduce parking fees at its regional rail lots and garages, and some other facilities, in the next fiscal year which begins on July 1st. SEPTA hasn’t charged for parking since the pandemic started in 2020. Locally this will impact the Conshohocken, Spring Mill, and Miquon stations.

From the Inquirer article:

During budget hearings, SEPTA officials said the agency was looking to raise the daily rate at its 135 surface lots to $2 from $1 and at the three garages to $4 from $2. Agency spokesperson Andrew Busch said Monday SEPTA understands how adding a fee back could impact riders, but they hope riders see public transit as an overall value.

“When you look at what they would pay, the additional time they would spend on the road, cost of gas, and congestion, [SEPTA is] still significantly less expensive, and from our standpoint, more convenient,” he said.

SEPTA has long considered the Regional Rail parking a courtesy for riders, which is why the agency aimed to keep the daily parking rates low. Those lots and garages, however, require maintenance.

You can read the full article here.

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