Daily parking isn't free anymore at the city's Metro-North train station. It will be $6 for up to 12 hours from now on.
However, it's still free to park after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
There are "pay stations" -- basically high-tech parking meters -- where you can pay with coins, Visa or Mastercard and get a receipt to put on your dashboard.
The station opened Aug. 19, and six-month permits have been available for $300 since Sept. 1, but daily parking was free until today, which begs the question of why someone would buy a permit before now. However, they have been buying them.
"We've issued 223 permits ... and there's no waiting list," said Judd B. Everhart, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. The parking lots have 658 spaces.
Why was daily parking free until Monday? "The vendors have to be on the approved state contractor list," Everhart said, and Konover Commercial Corp., which has the contract to manage the station, had not been approved until now.
Everhart said the station is possibly the nicest one on Metro-North's New Haven Line.
"A lot of them are historic station buildings and this one is completely new. Lots of glass, lots of light."
The station cost $103 million to build. It's owned by the DOT.
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Call Senior Writer Ed Stannard at 203-789-5743.
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