Vail parking changes have created some new options
Parking is always a hot topic in Vail. Some surveys link the town’s parking situation in Vail to customer service. The town of Vail and Vail Resorts are both looking for ways to solve the town’s parking problems both in the future and today.In January, the town created additional options for skier drop-off in Vail for the remainder of the winter season. The expanded options include 55 spaces on the top deck of the Vail Village parking structure and 25 spaces on the second level of the Lionshead structure. The spaces are available for free 30-minute drop-off, parking for two-and-a-half hours for $15. All parking in Vail’s structures is free after 3 p.m. every day.The Village drop-off spaces are located east of the visitor information center, while the Lionshead spaces are accessed by entering the structure from the east side through the charter bus lot. In addition to the newly created drop-off spaces, there are nine skier drop-off spaces in the North Day Lot in Lionshead and additional drop-off spaces at Golden Peak and Cascade Village. The new drop-off locations were added to create additional convenience for skiers and shoppers. So come on in to Vail, run a few errands, do a little shopping or join friends for lunch – take advantage of the convenient short-term parking and lower rates!In an effort to draw more Eagle County residents to Vail for skiing or shopping, adjustments to the town’s parking program were implemented Feb. 8 following a town council review of recommendations by the Vail Parking Task Force. The adjustments include extending the Value Pass program to residents, employees or property owners in Eagle County for the remainder of the season, plus a change in non-peak pricing to include Sundays for all Value Pass holders. Fridays and Saturdays will remain at peak pricing. The changes are being made in response to a shift in parking preferences by employees and other locals who are using new options for free and low-cost outlying parking this season, which has been freeing up spaces for use by Value Pass holders in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. The new discount parking rates for Eagle County Value Pass holders will be $15 for entry Sunday through Thursday and $22 on Friday and Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis. The Eagle County Value Pass can be purchased at the Vail Municipal Building. You must show proof of eligibility such as a driver’s license with Eagle County address, utility bill or tax bill to get this pass. The Value Pass lots include 155 spaces in Vail Village and 75 spaces in Lionshead. To learn more about the Value Pass program and other changes to the town’s parking programs, visit http://www.vailgov.com or call 970-479-2104.The town council will also look soon at ways to balance the parking demands of soon-to-be completed and future development and construction needs with the needs of skiers and guests. The town is developing a survey and Vail residents will be asked to take the time to complete it. The survey will cover everything from police and fire services to employee housing, parking and how to spend the $9 million in conference center funds. Please fill out and return the survey – future plans depend on your input!The Vail Chamber & Business Association is the leading business advocacy group in Vail and is a communications outlet for businesses that want to have a voice in community affairs. To learn more about the Vail Chamber, contact us at 970-477-0075 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Based in Vail Village, our office is located in the transportation center and our doors are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Stop by and say hello!
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