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.
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.
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.
Metro will continue to offer free parking at stations with less parking demand.
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.
No. Parking fees are separate from any costs that EV owners pay for using charge stations at Metro parking facilities.
No. Parking fees apply to both cars and motorcycles.
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.
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.
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.
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 parkatmetro.net
Have your TAP Card ready and remember your license plate 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|
|17 th St/SMC||Expo||501|
|El Monte Southeast||Silver||701|
|El Monte Gunderson||Silver||702|
|El Monte Lot A||Silver||705|
|El Monte Lot B||Silver||706|
No, payment for parking is done separately from fare payment.
No, payment is verified through the vehicles license plate.
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.
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 theplan.metro.net .
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.
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 lametroparking.net . 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 parkatmetro.net .
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.
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.