Parking rates approved in Vail |

Parking rates approved in Vail

Lourdes FerzaccaVail CO, Colorado

Parking rates have been approved for the 2007-08 winter season in Vail.During the Sept. 18 meeting, the Vail Parking Task Force presented the proposed program to Vail Town Council. All recommendations were granted in modifying the program, and passes will go on sale in November.Two programs that have not changed are 90 minutes of free parking before 3 p.m. and the Free After Three program in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. The difference this year is that there have been rate increases for both hourly and seasonal parking passes. There also have been changes in the program, such as a new pass exclusively for business owners. Beginning Nov. 16, start planning to pay for your parking when coming to Vail. Most charges have gone up by $1 and will cost: Up to 90 minutes is free. One-and-a-half to two hours is $5, seven days a week. Two to three hours is $9 Monday throughThursday and $10 Friday through Sunday. Three to four hours is $13 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday. Four to five hours is $17 Monday- Thursday and $19 Friday-Sunday. All day parking (5 to 24 hours) in any of the structures is $18 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday. For lost tickets, youll pay $20 this year, seven days a week. Other new additions include a pilot program that gives Vail business owners a little more breathing room. It will give business owners guaranteed parking in the Vail Village or Lionshead structures, depending on the location of the business. The new merchant Silver Pass will cost $1,575, with only a limited number available, allocating 50 spots to each parking structure. All sales are on a first-come, first-served basis from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Business owners will be able to use their passes seven days a week at only one of the structures, not both.This is a huge new benefit for Vail business owners which the Vail Chamber & Business Association has lobbied for for several years. This new Silver Pass allows participating businesses continuous access to guaranteed parking in the structures. Short-term pay and shopper parking located on the top level of the Vail Village parking structure and the second level of the Lionshead structure will now be a flat rate of $5 for every two-and-a-half hours of parking. Please note that this is a change to previous years two-tiered policy of two or three hours. For next year, the only option available will be two-and-a-half hours at $5. The discounted value cards for locals are $7 for use Monday through Thursday and $14 Friday through Sunday and during peak parking days. For Eagle County employees, property owners and residents the rate is $10 for Monday through Thursday and $17, Friday through Sunday and peak parking days, respectively. There has been a price increase for all passes. The Gold Pass, costing $2,250, will guarantee parking in either of the two structures. The Blue Pass, at $900, is sold to Vail employees, property owners, and residents only. This pass will allow parking in either structure, but restrictions apply. The Green Pass, costing $500 and sold to Vail employees only, is good for parking in either structure and outlying parking areas but has peak day restrictions. The Purple Pass, sold only to general contractors, will cost $500 and will only be good for parking in the Lionshead structure with added restrictions, excluding use to Ford Park and soccer field lots. And the Pink Pass, good for Vail employees only to park at Ford Park and the soccer fields, will cost $100. These passes will be available for purchase starting Nov. 8 throughout the rest of the year.

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