Vail to review mid-season parking
VAIL – The Vail Town Council will review recommendations for mid-season adjustments to the town’s parking program during its evening meeting on Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers, 75 S. Frontage Rd. The item is listed second on the agenda and will include opportunities for public comment.The proposed adjustments include extending the Value Pass program on an experimental basis to residents, employees or property owners within Eagle County during mid-week for the remainder of the season, plus restricting a portion of outlying trailhead spaces to three hours of parking. The modifications are being recommended by the Vail Parking Task Force, which met Tuesday to review a shift in parking preferences by employees and other locals who are using expanded options for free and low-cost outlying parking this season, which has been freeing up spaces for additional use by Value Pass holders in the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures. As such, the task force is recommending expanding the Value Pass qualification to Eagle County participants on an experimental basis for the remainder of the season. The proposed discount parking rate would be $15 for use Monday through Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. The Value Pass is currently offered to Vail property owners, residents and employees at a rate of $12 during non-peak Monday through Thursday and $20 during peak Friday through Sunday. Eagle County participants became ineligible to buy the pass during the 2008-09 season when capacity concerns caused the town to modify its policies. The Value Pass lots include 155 spaces in Vail Village and 75 spaces in Lionshead.A second recommendation from the task force would address concerns expressed by numerous trail and park users who’ve had difficulty finding available parking this winter. As a result, the proposal would designate a portion of the parking spaces at each trailhead as well as Stephens Park with a three-hour limit to better accommodate park and trail access. To comment in advance of Tuesday’s discussion, e-mail the Vail Town Council at email@example.com or call 970-479-1860, ext. 8.
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