8-05-010 Parking Activities
Unless otherwise authorized by METRO in writing, METRO owned, leased, financed, contracted, operated and managed parking facilities and METRO ROW shall only be used for parking, entering and exiting, loading and unloading activities.
8-05-020 Enforcement Practice
Citations will be issued according to the printed and posted regulations as appropriate. The frequency with which parking citations are issued is dependent on the nature of the violation and time control restrictions for each of the various parking zones. METRO is also authorized by CVC section 21113 to remove vehicles consistent with Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 22650) of Division 11 of the CVC.
8-05-030 Illegal Parking Outside of a Defined Parking Space or Parking Space Markings
No vehicle or vehicle other than Automobile shall be parked or cause to be parked within any METRO parking facility or METRO ROW except between the lines indicating where vehicles shall be parked and no person shall not park any vehicle so as to use or occupy more than one marked parking space. METRO may install and maintain parking space markings to indicate parking spaces adjacent to any curb where parking is permitted. When such parking space markings are placed in the right-of-way, no vehicle shall be stopped or left standing other than within the markings of a single space.
8-05-040 Failure to Obey Signs
No person shall fail or refuse to obey or comply with any sign, marking or device erected, made or placed to indicate and carry out the provisions of this Chapter.
8-05-050 Exceeding Posted Time Limit
METRO may post signs indicating a maximum parking time limit in a space of lot. If a vehicle has been parked in an area restricting parking to a specific time interval, such vehicle shall not be re-parked in the same spaces, or same lot, or within a distance of five hundred feet of the place initially parked within a period of four (4) hours thereafter. Vehicles used for vending or peddling purposes shall also comply with the provisions of this section.
8-05-060 Temporary No Parking
Whenever METRO finds that traffic congestion, or the disruption of the normal flow of traffic is likely to result from the operation, stopping, standing or parking of vehicles during the holding of public or private special events, assemblages, gatherings or functions, during construction, alteration, repair, sweeping, filming or other reasons, METRO may place or cause to be placed temporary signs prohibiting the operation, stopping, standing or parking of vehicles at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to and during the period such condition exists. In the event of an emergency, METRO may act under this section without providing the seventy-two (72) hour notice required herein. Any vehicle parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in accordance with provisions of section 22650 et seq. of the CVC and Chapter 8-11 of this Ordinance.
8-05-070 Restricted Parking
Whenever any parking area is assigned for the exclusive use of the occupants of a facility a person, other than an occupant of the facility, shall not park any vehicle in such parking area. The property owner manager or manager’s designee responsible for overseeing the parking area may request that a parking violation be issued by METRO.
8-05-080 Parking Within Marked Bicycle Lane
A person shall not operate a vehicle in a bicycle lane except to cross at a permanent or temporary driveway, or for the purpose of parking a vehicle where parking is permitted or where the vehicle is disabled.
8-05-090 Illegal Parking in Commercial Loading Zone
A vehicle shall not be stopped for any purpose other than loading or unloading between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on any day except Sunday, or at such other times as designated by METRO in a place marked as a commercial loading zone. Such stop shall not exceed the time it takes to load and unload passengers or goods for a commercial vehicle. METRO shall place signs or curb markings to designate areas as commercial loading zones. Commercial loading zones shall be a minimum of thirty (30’) feet and not exceed forty-eight (48’) feet in length, and may be established in a parking meter/pay station location. Parking meters/pay station spaces shall be enforced during posted hours when the loading zone is not in effect.
8-05-100 Vehicle Exceeds Load Size Limit
a. No person shall park or leave standing in METRO Facility and/or lot any vehicle having either of the following:
- A manufacturer’s rated load capacity greater than 14,000 lbs.; or
- A length in excess of twenty-four (24) feet.
b. The following vehicles are hereby exempt from the provisions of this section:
- Any vehicles properly displaying a large vehicle permit. Large vehicle permits shall be issued for special events. Under any circumstances on any of the following vehicles: tour buses, movie, television, or photographic production vehicles, limousines, or mobile billboards in accordance with Chapter 8 of this code.
- Any authorized emergency vehicle, METRO Transit Security, any authorized highway work vehicle or any vehicle used in the construction, installation, or repair of a utility or public utility in accordance with sections 22512 and 35702 of the CVC;
- Any vehicle engaged in loading or unloading;
- Any vehicle making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, and merchandise; and
- Any vehicle picking up or delivering materials used in the actual or bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling or construction of any building or structure for which a building permit or building construction authorization has been obtained.
c. Pursuant to section 40200 et seq., of the CVC, any violation of this section shall be punishable as a civil penalty in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 8-09 of the METRO Administrative Code. Any vehicle parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in accordance with provisions of section 22650 et seq. of the CVC.
d. Large vehicle parking permits shall be issued by METRO pursuant to METRO policies and procedures for the issuance of such permits. Such policies shall be consistent with the provisions of sections 8-05-010 through 8-05-440 of the METRO Administrative Code.
e. The fee for a large vehicle parking permit shall be according to METRO fee schedule.
8-05-110 Disconnected Trailer
Parking any trailer or semi-trailer in any METRO facility, while detached from or attached to a vehicle, is prohibited.
8-05-120 Bus Loading Zones
A vehicle or vehicle other than Automobile shall not be parked or stopped from in any METRO owned, leased, financed, contracted, operated and managed parking facilities or METRO ROW in a bus loading zone. No bus shall stop in any bus loading zone longer than necessary to load or unload passengers, except at a terminus station. Appropriate signs or red curb markings or both shall indicate a bus loading zone. METRO shall place signs or red curb markings or both at locations where METRO determines bus loading zones are appropriate to establish. Unless otherwise specified by METRO or its designees, bus loading zones shall not exceed eighty (80’) feet in length.
8-05-130 Illegal Parking in Kiss and Ride Spaces and Passenger Loading Zone
a. A vehicle shall not be parked more than three (3) minutes, or for such other amount of time as may be indicated on the posted sign, to load and unload passengers at any designated Kiss and Ride passenger loading and unloading zone.
b. METRO may place curb paint markings with ADA compliance design criteria including ramps, minimum dimensions, proper signage and level pavement at locations to make passenger loading feasible.
8-05-140 No Parking – Alley
A vehicle shall not be parked or stopped in any alley for any other purpose other than the loading or unloading of passengers or materials, or both. A vehicle shall not be stopped for the loading or unloading of passengers for more than three (3) minutes nor for the loading or unloading of materials for more than twenty (20) minutes at any time in any alley.
8-05-150 Illegal Parking in Red Zones
A vehicle or vehicle other than Automobile shall not be stopped, parked or otherwise left standing, whether attended or unattended, except in compliance with a traffic sign or signal or direction of an authorized enforcement officer, between a safety zone and the adjacent right hand curb or within the area between the zone and the curb as may be indicated by a sign or red paint on the curb, where a sign or paint was erected METRO owned, leased, financed, contracted, operated and managed parking facilities or METRO ROW. Violating vehicle(s) and vehicle(s) other than automobiles will be towed at the registered owner’s expense.
8-05-160 Vehicle Parked Seventy-Two (72) or More Hours
Any vehicle observed parked or left standing longer than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours without authorized permit in the same location may be cited. Any vehicle parked longer than seventy-two (72) hours must obtain permission in advance from METRO. Any vehicle parked or left standing in violation of this section may be removed in accordance with provisions of section 22650 et seq. of the CVC and Chapter 8-11 of this Ordinance.
8-05-170 Parking on Grades
When METRO has placed or caused to be placed appropriate signs, a vehicle shall not be parked upon any grade of six percent (6%) or more within any METRO Facilities without turning the wheels of the vehicle toward the curb while parked facing downhill and turning the wheels of the vehicle away from the curb while the vehicle is parked facing an uphill grade.
8-05-180 Angled Parking
Whenever the width of a parking lot, parking bay, parking facility, travel lane, and traffic conditions are such that the parking of vehicles at an angle to the curb instead of parallel to the curb will not impede traffic flow, and where there is need for the additional parking spaces which parking at an angle will provide, METRO shall indicate at what angle vehicles shall be parked by placing parallel white lanes on the surface of the roadway. An operator shall not stop, stand, or park any vehicle except between, at the angle indicated by, and parallel to both such adjacent white lines, with the nearest wheel not more than one foot from the curb.
8-05-190 Double Parking
A vehicle shall not park on the roadway side of another vehicle that is stopped, parked or standing at the curb or edge of the public right-of-way, whether attended or unattended. Violating vehicle(s) will be towed on registered owner’s expense immediately.
Authorized emergency vehicles exempt from this section may display flashing or revolving amber warning lights when engaged in the enforcement of parking and traffic regulations.
8-05-200 No Parking Anytime/Posted Hours
Whenever the parking of vehicles at all or certain hours of the day upon any portion of METRO Parking Facilities, travel lanes, or alleys which are open for public constitutes a traffic hazard or impedes the free flow of traffic, or both, METRO shall erect signs stating that parking is prohibited at all or certain hours of the day.
8-05-210 Wrong Side Two Way Traffic or Roadway
A vehicle shall not be parked, whether attended or unattended, regardless of loading or unloading in the public right-of-way within METRO facilities, or other transit/rail/Parking Facilities in such a manner where the vehicle is parked in the direction of opposing traffic. Violating vehicle(s) will be towed at registered owner’s expense immediately.
8-05-220 Blocking Street or Access
A vehicle shall not be parked, whether attended or unattended, upon any traffic or travel lane, or alley where the roadway is bordered by adjacent curbs which is open to the public, whether bordered by curbs or not, unless no less than eight feet (8’) of the width of the paved or improved or main traveled portion of such traffic, travel lane or alley opposite such parked vehicle is left clear or unobstructed for the free passage of other vehicles. Violating vehicle(s) will be towed at registered owner’s expense immediately.
8-05-230 Parking Special Hazard
At any place for a distance not to exceed one hundred feet (100’) where METRO finds that parking would unduly hamper the free flow of traffic, resulting in a special traffic hazard, or endanger public health or safety, METRO shall place appropriate signs or markings prohibiting such parking.
8-05-240 Illegal Parking at Fire Hydrant
A vehicle shall not be parked within fifteen feet (15’) of a fire hydrant along any unmarked curb or in front of or as prohibited by section 22514 of the CVC or by any other state law. Violating vehicle(s) will be towed at registered owner’s expense.
8-05-250 Illegal Parking at Assigned / Reserved Spaces
Whenever any vehicle parking space is assigned for the exclusive use of the occupant of any building, whether residential, commercial or industrial, which parking space is within such building or elsewhere, and at, in or near such parking space there is a legible sign stating either that such space is exclusively assigned, or that parking is prohibited, or both, a person, other than the person to whom such parking space is assigned, shall not park any vehicle in such parking space except with the permission of the person to whom such parking space is assigned.
8-05-260 Illegal Parking at Taxicab Stands
The use of taxicab stand or stands shall be limited exclusively to vehicles that display a taxicab vehicle permit by METRO pursuant to Chapter 8 and attended by a driver in possession of a valid taxi drivers permit issued by the METRO. No person shall park, stop, or stand any attended or unattended vehicle in METRO taxicab stand except as provided in this section.
8-05-270 Illegal Parking at/ adjacent to a Landscape Island or Planter
A vehicle or vehicle other than Automobile shall not be stopped, parked or otherwise left standing whether attended or unattended except in compliance with a traffic sign or signal or direction of a police officer, at or adjacent to a landscape island or planter.
8-05-280 Transient, Daily or Preferred Monthly Parking Permits
Parking permits for transient, daily and monthly parking shall be issued by METRO. METRO shall be responsible for establishing policies, administering procedures and disseminating information regarding the distribution of parking permits for parking in METRO Parking Facilities.
Preferred Parking is an optional program that secures a patron a parking space prior to a specified time according to signage. All spaces become available to the public after the specified time according to signage. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis.
The number of permits to be issued shall be determined by the parking demand and conditions within each parking facility. Parking permits shall not be issued to any person who has outstanding parking citations.
Permittee shall obey all rules of the parking permit program. All verified parking permits must be current and valid and consistent with the license plate in parking program record. Failure to obey such rules will result in the termination or denial of a permit.
Any of the acts described below shall be a violation of this section which maybe cited pursuant to section 8-07-010.
a. Failure to properly register vehicle license plate information as instructed by the permit parking terms and conditions.
b. Parking in a monthly permit parking space without a monthly permit.
c. More than one vehicle using the same permit at the same time.
d. Temporary Permits – Place the temporary permit on the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The entire permit must be clearly visible to compliance officers.
8-05-290 Posting Signs in Preferred Permit Parking Area
a. METRO may cause appropriate signs to be erected in METRO Parking Facilities, indicating prominently thereon the parking limitation, period for its application, and vehicles with valid permits shall be exempt from the limitations.
b. If preferred permit parking is allowed in partial areas of a parking lot or parking facility, signs shall be posted only on the selected spaces or portions of a parking lot, parking facility within the prescribed METRO Facility.
c. A parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder thereof a parking space within a parking lot or parking facility.
d. A vehicle on which a valid license plate is registered as a monthly permit holder shall be permitted to stand or be parked in the authorized parking lot, parking facility or designated area within the parking lot or parking facility within the limits of the parking permit program. Except as provided below, all vehicles parking within a permit designated area or parking lot or parking facility shall be subject to the parking restrictions and penalties as provided in this Chapter.
8-05-300 Exemption of Certain Vehicles to Permit Restrictions
No person shall, without a permit therefore, park or leave standing any vehicle trailer in a designated parking permit area or parking lot, parking facility in excess of the parking restrictions authorized pursuant to this Chapter, except for the following:
a. Repair, maintenance, refueling, utility, or delivery vehicle providing services to METRO within the METRO Facility with METRO’s prior written consent.
b. Emergency vehicles
8-05-310 Permit Penalty Provisions
a. Unless exempted by the provisions of this Chapter, no person shall stand or park a vehicle in any designated permit parking area, parking lot, or parking facility established pursuant to this Chapter, without a valid permit.
b. No person shall copy, produce or create facsimile or counterfeit a parking permit, nor shall any person use or display a counterfeited parking permit.
c. No person who has been issued a parking permit for a specific designated area, lot or facility shall use the permit in another area, lot, or facility.
d. No person shall alter, deface, or intentionally conceal an expiration date on the face of a parking permit which is displayed in a vehicle parked on a METRO Facility.
e. A violation of this section shall result in the revocation of the parking permit and rights in any METRO Parking Facilities, which is also punishable by an administrative fine established by the Parking Rates and Permit Fee Resolution adopted by the METRO Board. METRO also reserves the rights to refer the case to local law enforcement.
8-05-320 Expired Meter or Pay Station
a. Deposit of Fees Required. A person shall be required to deposit the proper fee for occupying a parking metered /pay station space at a charge set in METRO’s fee resolution during the posted hours and days of operation.
b. Parking Lot Requirements when Meters or Pay Station Installed. A person shall not park any vehicle on any parking lot, parking facility or public right of way maintained or operated by METRO on which a parking meter or multi-space pay machine is installed at any time without paying the posted and adopted parking fees.
8-05-330 Parking Facilities Cleaning, Maintenance and Capital Projects
No vehicular parking shall be permitted at specific locations in any METRO Parking Facilities during posted hours to allow for routine cleaning, maintenance and capital project implementation.
8-05-340 Electric Vehicle Parking Spaces
METRO has established Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Spaces in Parking Facilities for use by Electric, Clean Fuel, and Hybrid vehicles. No person shall park or leave standing vehicles or vehicles other than Automobiles in EV spaces except as follows:
a. EV spaces must be signed or marked for EV charging purposes only.
b. Electric Vehicles must be connected to charging station equipment and/or in the process of charging while parked in EV Charging Station Spaces.
c. Non-Electric Vehicles shall not park in EV Charging Station Spaces at any time.
d. Electric Vehicles may only use designated EV Charging Station Spaces for charging vehicles. No other source of vehicle charging will be allowed at METRO facilities.
When not charging, Electric, Clean Fuel, and Hybrid Vehicles may park in any designated parking space at METRO facilities.
8-05-350 Parking on Sidewalk/ Parkway
No vehicular parking shall be permitted on any portion of a sidewalk, nor shall any portion of a vehicle be parked in such a manner to overhang or encroach onto any portion of the sidewalk or parkway. Violating vehicle(s) will be towed at registered owner’s expense immediately. METRO is authorized by CVC section 21113 and CVC section 22651 to remove a vehicle found to have been parked in violation.
8-05-360 Areas Adjacent to Schools
Whenever METRO finds that parking on METRO property adjacent to any school property would unduly hamper the free flow of traffic or otherwise constitute a traffic hazard, appropriate signs or markings prohibiting such parking on METRO property shall be posted.
8-05-370 Peak Hour Traffic Zones
Whenever METRO finds that traffic congestion is such that the movement or flow of traffic may be improved by the elimination of parking on METRO property during certain peak travel times, signs prohibiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles shall be posted. No vehicle shall park or be left standing a vehicle where a sign indicating a peak hour traffic zone has been posted. Vehicles in violation shall be cited and/or towed whenever the parking of vehicles constitutes a traffic hazard or impedes the free flow of traffic, or both.
8-05-380 Parking Prohibition for Vehicles Over Six Feet High, Near Intersections
Whenever METRO finds that the parking of vehicles, with a height of six feet (6’) or more, within one hundred feet (100’) of an intersection, creates a visibility limitation resulting in a potential traffic hazard, METRO shall erect signs or markings stating that the parking of vehicles with a height of six feet (6’) or more is prohibited within one hundred feet (100’) of an intersection.
8-05-390 Interim Parking Regulations
METRO can temporarily waive existing or establish new parking regulations in order to accommodate or to mitigate the impacts of construction projects in the vicinity of the parking lot, parking facility.
8-05-400 Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share, or Micro Mobility Vehicle Authorization Required
No Vehicle or vehicle other than Automobile shall be stopped, parked or left standing any vehicle in a place or a parking space designated for the exclusive parking of Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share, or Micro Mobility vehicles participating in the METRO Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share or Micro Mobility Vehicle Program, unless the Vehicle obtained authorization as a METRO Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share or Micro Mobility Vehicle Program participant and registered as directed by METRO.
A Licensed Operating Company is responsible for securing approval and obtaining an Operating License Agreement from METRO prior to the deployment, parking, and storage of Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share, or Micro Mobility vehicles on, within, or adjacent to METRO Parking Facilities and METRO ROW, and properties.
Car Share, Vanpool, Bike share, and Micro Mobility vehicles may be parked or stored on METRO Parking Facilities and METRO ROW only in areas made available and designated specifically for Car Share, Vanpool, or Micro Mobility vehicle parking.
8-05-410 Speed Limit
METRO speed limit is five (5) miles per hour in all parking areas, access roads and drives unless otherwise posted.
8-05-420 Vehicle Access
Operating a vehicle on sidewalks, mall, lawns, or any surface not specifically designated as a road, street, highway or driveway is prohibited.
8-05-430 Penalty for Non-Compliance
Unless exempted by the provisions of this part, no vehicle shall be parked in violation of any parking restrictions established pursuant to this section. Except as provided in Chapter 8-05-100 paragraph (b), a violation of this section may result in the revocation of the parking permit and rights at any METRO Parking Facilities, which is also punishable by METRO’s administrative fine schedule for parking violations. METRO may also refer the case to the local law enforcement.
Any vehicle with more than three (3) outstanding parking citations will be towed away at the registered owner’s expense. All administrative fines and penalties must be paid and obtain applicable law enforcement agency clearance prior to release of the towed vehicle in addition to tow fees.
8-05-440 Accessible Parking Spaces Designated for Vehicle Operators with Disabilities
Parking in accessible spaces designated for vehicle operators with disability is restricted to those individuals who have secured an authorized disabled license plate or disabled placard pursuant to CVC section 5007, 22511.55 or 22511.59 that is currently in effect. No vehicle or vehicle other than Automobiles shall be stopped, parked or left standing in a parking stall or space in a METRO parking facility that has been designated as parking for Vehicle operators with a disability in the manner required by CVC section 22507.8. In order for a Vehicle to be parked in a designated accessible parking space, disabled parking placards must not be expired and must be properly displayed. Parking is prohibited in any area adjacent to a parking stall or space designated for disabled persons or disabled veterans that is marked by crosshatched lines or space identified as for the loading and unloading of Vehicles parked in such stall or space.
Vehicle operators with a disability are not exempt from the payment of fees for parking a Vehicle on METRO Facility. METRO reserves the right to adopt or amend the disabled parking pricing policy at all METRO Facilities. However, vehicle operators with a disability shall not be charged more than the established parking fees listed for all parking spaces. Valid out of state disabled placards will be accepted at METRO parking facilities.
The number and dimension of accessible parking spaces and van-accessible parking spaces are determined by ADA guidelines and specifications.
8-05-450 Transit Ridership Requirements
METRO Parking Facilities are for transit patrons only. Patron’s utilizing METRO Parking Facilities must have a ridership transaction, riding transit via a METRO TAP card, within 96 hours use of METRO parking facility and/or payment of parking fee unless otherwise stated within this ordinance. All alternative and non-transit use of METRO parking facilities must be authorized by METRO Parking Management.