Parking limits in Vail begin June 1 | VailDaily.com

Parking limits in Vail begin June 1

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail will begin capping the number of early morning spaces in the Vail Village parking structure beginning June 1 and continuing through Labor Day. Additional spaces will open up later in the morning for visitors and later-arriving employees.

Parking remains free for the summer in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures.

The program was initiated last summer following complaints that parking spaces were being filled early in the morning with limited availability the remainder of the day.

The managed parking operations will take place in the Vail Village parking structure, but could be extended to the Lionshead structure if needed, according to Mike Rose, Vail’s parking and transit manager. The town will manage access to the Village parking structure on a daily basis, as follows: 6 to 7 a.m., 100 entries allowed; 7 to 8 a.m., another 100 entries allowed; 8 to 10 a.m., an additional 200 entries allowed. Also, the top deck of the structure will be blocked off until 10 a.m., leaving approximately 700 spaces available for mid-morning access.

Rose said he’s prepared to accommodate various businesses and other users who may require additional flexibility during the morning hours.

“Once we understand a person’s needs, we’ll be able to work out an arrangement that will be very accommodating,” said Rose.

The town has asked construction contractors to park at the former Wendy’s site in West Vail, where bus service will be increased from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for added convenience. The schedule includes service by the West Vail Green route at 6:20 a.m., West Vail Red at 6:30 a.m., West Vail Green at 7:01 a.m., then West Vail Redat 7:10 a.m. Contractor vanpools will be allowed entry into the Village parking structure during the morning time restrictions. Beginning June 15, an additional 180-space temporary lot at Golden Peak will be available for contractor parking, courtesy of Vail Resorts.

Employees and merchants who use the Village and Lionshead structures throughout the day are asked to park on the north side of the structures to allow visitors access to close-in spaces on the south side. Employees also are encouraged to utilize Vail’s free bus system and ECO Transit’s regional system. Visit http://www.vailgov.com or http://www.eaglecounty.us for schedules.

Gates will be in use throughout the summer season in the parking structures to monitor peak periods and to make inventory adjustments as needed. The gates are located at the entry and exit points and are programmed to open automatically when a vehicles approaches.

For more information, call Rose at 479-2349.