Panel: Keep Vail parking rates the same
VAIL, Colorado – Parking rates should probably stay the same for next winter, several members of Vail’s parking committee said Tuesday.
The committee, known as the Parking Task Force, is starting to develop recommendations for parking in Vail for the coming winter.
“It worked,” said Farrow Hitt, a councilman and task force member, of last year’s parking prices. “It did what it was intended to do.”
Last year, parking cost $10 for 1.5 to two hours, $15 for two to three hours, $20 for three to four hours, and $25 for more than four hours. Those rates were an increase over the previous year.
“I don’t see any increases this year,” said Anne Fitz, another member of the task force.
Dan Telleen, a business owner and another task member, also said rates should probably stay the same.
Town officials raised prices last year in part to prevent the town-owned parking structures from filling regularly, which forces cars onto the adjacent frontage roads. The officials also created more parking in other lots around town, such as the old Wendy’s lot.
Next winter’s parking rates will ultimately have to be approved by the Town Council.
Meanwhile, task force members grappled with the prospect of more construction workers and less regional bus service this winter.
There will probably be an additional 500 construction workers in town this winter as three big projects – Solaris, the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton – near their completions. Vail has encouraged workers to use shuttles, vans and buses to get to work rather than park in the town garages.
Also, ECO Transit, the regional transit service, has raised fares and decreased service by about 30 percent to combat declining revenues.
“We’ve got a little monkey wrench right there,” Hitt said of the changes in ECO Transit service.
Part of the solution might be allowing some town workers to park on Vail’s frontage roads.
“It just makes a lot of sense to put workers on the roads to park,” Foley said.
Public Works Director Greg Hall is currently talking to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which manages the frontage roads, about that possibility.
Hitt said he envisions employees paying a small fee of about $50 to be able to park on the roads for the season.
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