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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Metro manage its parking?

Metro operates 89 parking facilities serving 56 transit stations and totaling more than 25,000 parking spaces throughout Los Angeles County. Metro's parking facilities accommodate more than four million cars every year providing an important first/last mile connection for Metro patrons.

Recognizing that a well-planned and managed parking program will improve transit riders' experience, Metro created a new Parking Management team in 2014. This group was tasked with developing a comprehensive, proactive approach to manage Metro's parking resources, resulting in the Transit Supportive Parking Program.  In 2015, the Metro Board adopted a Parking Ordinance to implement policy and regulations for managing Metro parking facilities.

Why is Metro starting to charge for parking at some of its facilities?

Finding parking at some of Metro's busiest stations has become a challenge for transit riders. Paid parking will help Metro to better manage parking demand at these stations and reserve parking for transit riders.  Paid parking pilot facilities were selected based on capacity, location, utilization and recent parking facility assessment findings.

How does Metro decide how much to charge for parking?

Metro extensively studied factors like parking supply and demand, commuting costs, operating and maintenance costs for parking facilities, and rates of nearby parking to develop Metro's parking fees.  The new daily parking rates are comparatively low considering all of these factors. In addition, transit use is required to park.

For example, monthly parking in downtown Los Angeles ranges from $200 to $250 per month.  Even with a $3 parking fee at Metro parking lots, the average downtown commuter paying for parking and gas could save approximately 40%, without factoring in wear and tear to their vehicle, insurance and extra time spent in traffic.

Where can I find free parking near Metro stations?

Metro will continue to offer free parking at stations with less parking demand.

I have a monthly parking permit. Does that mean I have to pay for daily parking in addition to my monthly parking permit?

No, if you have a monthly parking permit you do not need to pay for daily parking. Your current monthly permit will convert to be compatible with the new systems, with no further charges.

Are Electric Vehicle (EV) owners exempt from the new parking charge?

No. Parking fees are separate from any costs that EV owners pay for using charge stations at Metro parking facilities.

Are motorcycle riders exempt from the new parking charge?

No. Parking fees apply to both cars and motorcycles.

Do Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) placard holders need to pay for parking?

Yes, ADA placard holders will still need to pay parking fees. The California Vehicle Code only governs on-street parking, and Metro parking facilities are off-street parking facilities.  Therefore, all parking patrons, including holders of ADA placards, will be required to pay parking fees at Metro stations that have paid parking. Metro's disabled parking spaces will continue to be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a parking discount for carpools?

Yes, Metro has created a discounted monthly parking carpool permit option.  This program is intended to encourage Metro riders to share parking resources to reduce traffic congestion.  The carpool parking permit requires three TAP cards and three license plates to be registered, with one car allowed to park per day.

Do Metro employees need to pay for parking?

The Metro Board-approved program requires all transit users, including Metro employees, to pay the same parking fees.  Metro employees can use their ID badge for TAP card verification, but not to pay for parking.

How do I pay for daily parking?

You can pay your daily parking in any of the following three ways:

  • In-person at a pay station machine.
  • By using the new Metro Parking mobile app payment option.
  • Or online by going to

Have your TAP Card ready and remember your license plate number.

What is my station’s zone number?

Zone number for mobile payment locations are listed below.

Parking Facility Rail Line Zone Number
Universal City North Red 201
North Hollywood North Red 203
North Hollywood South Red 204
North Hollywood West Red 205
North Hollywood Chandler Red 206
Indiana Gold 303
Heritage Square Gold 305
Lake Avenue Gold 307
Sierra Madre Gold 308
Atlantic Structure Gold 301
Atlantic Lot Gold 302
Monrovia Gold 311
Irwindale Gold 313
APU/Citrus College Gold 315
17 th St/SMC Expo 501
Expo/Bundy Expo 502
Expo/Sepulveda Expo 503
La Cienega/Jefferson Expo 504
El Monte Southeast Silver 701
El Monte Gunderson Silver 702
El Monte Lot A Silver 705
El Monte Lot B Silver 706
Florence Blue 101
Artesia Blue 106
Del Amo Blue 107
Wardlow Blue 108
Balboa Orange 406

Can I pay for parking with my TAP Card?

No, payment for parking is done separately from fare payment.

Do I need to display my payment receipt in the windshield of my car?

No, payment is verified through the vehicles license plate.

Where does the parking fee revenue go?

Revenue from the new parking fees goes to Metro's General Fund, where it contributes to Metro's efforts to proactively operate and maintain parking facilities.

Why does Metro need to charge for parking with all of the new funding from Measure M?

Parking maintenance and operations are not funded by any revenue from past ballot measure, including Measure M.   Measure M funds are specifically earmarked to build a comprehensive and robust transit system for Los Angeles County.  Learn more about Measure M and how the money is allocated at .

Parking projects in the pipeline?

Metro is working to build out its parking programs to better serve Metro riders. The implementation of a Parking Guidance System is currently underway. This Parking Guidance System will be capable of broadcasting real-time parking availability information via electronic media and programmable message signs at 84 Metro parking facilities. This is intended to help reduce transit patrons' time spent searching for an available parking space. Metro is also working to enhance older parking facilities throughout its system in order to improve its transit riders’ parking experience.

Is there monthly parking available at all Metro stations?

Monthly parking permits are available at 22 Metro stations. Monthly and daily parking permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. To find a list of locations where Metro monthly parking permits are available, please go to . Monthly parking permits at some locations are sold out and have wait lists. You can sign up for the wait list and will be notified when a space becomes available. While on the wait list, you can purchase daily parking at one of our pay stations, via the Metro Parking mobile app or online at .

If I have a Metrolink pass, can I still park at a Metro Station?

The Metrolink monthly pass can be used at the parking pay kiosk at Metro stations. Instead of tapping your TAP card, you can tap your Metrolink monthly pass, and it will register. The Metrolink pass cannot currently be registered on the mobile app, so you have to pay using the pay kiosk.

I have a new car and am still waiting for my new license plates from the DMV. I can’t enter a license plate number in the pay station machine. Will I be cited?

You will not be cited for having dealership plates. When prompted by the pay station machine to enter your license plate number, please enter the last six digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You will need to update the information for your vehicle once you have your new license plates.