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It's About to Cost You More to Use the Larkspur Ferry Terminal

Increased parking fees take effect on Monday.

It will cost $2 to park at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal on weekdays between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. starting Monday.
 
Parking after 3 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends is free. A pre-paid monthly parking pass is $20.
 
Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis for daily and monthly parkers, and all vehicles must be removed after 24 hours or they will be subject to towing.

The parking fees do not apply on New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The parking fees will help the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District maintain the 1,808-space parking lot.

The parking fees are expected to generate $450,000 annually.

The District faces a $142 million shortfall over the next five years.

Monthly parking permits are available online at the Larkspur Ferry Monthly Permit website. Registration is required for daily parking permits.

A basic membership is available at www.parkmobile.com or by downloading the free Parkmobile mobile app. A license plate number is required.

Payments may be made via the mobile app, online at www.parkmobile.com or by calling toll free (877) 727-5718, which is available 24/7. Use Parkmobile number Zone number 111 when paying for daily permits. The non-payment violation fee is $45.


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bobbyblue February 01, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Wow!! The layoffs at the patch are cealy showing through. This article is very confusing. Let's start with the headline... "It's about to cost you more to take the Larkspur Ferry Terminal". I don't take the TERMINAL to the city, I'm not that strong. I take the Ferry to the city. "Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis for daily and monthly parkers.." OK, so this basically means that people with the monthly permits don't get any preference, I guess? "Registration is required for daily parking permits." what does this mean? I pay a fee for a monthly but I have to register to park daily? So a total guest to the area can't park there if they haven't gone to the website (or used their phone) to "register"? Why should they bother if they just have to pay a one-time fee? Are there payment terminals around the lot or is there a Fastrak scanner at the entrance? And what about people who who just come in randomly for the occasional city visit? Seriously, could someone clean up this article to make a little more sense?
Richard Hall February 01, 2014 at 02:18 PM
You get what you pay for (and conversely...).
craig thomas February 01, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Yes siree; everyone pays BUT yours and my good old bicyclists AGAIN with 2% of Bay Area Region of population get ALL services FREE. 24/7 access to Golden Gate Bridge, FREE to park their BIKES at GGF / Larkspur terminal, bring their bikes on Board ferries FREE take space FREE. Time today ALL bikers pay parking FEE's AND PAY FEE'S for crossing Golden Gate Bridge, so fee's will help with GGB cost for maintenance of gates, Security personal etc. $1.00 for bridge crossing and $1.00 for parking at GGF Larkspur terminal. Fair is Fair, Everyone has duty to share costs of business! Thank you, pass this onto GGB/GGT Board of Directors.
RJM February 01, 2014 at 02:54 PM
I really think there aren't enough bikes to make this profitable/much of a difference. The city county and state are trying to encourage bike riding and the free services are an incentive to achieve this goal I think.
John Ferguson February 01, 2014 at 04:46 PM
I take my bike on the ferry almost every day I use it and I have to say I agree with Craig. I'd be glad to pay a little extra for it, and paying ensures that I'll have more space for my bike - as it is now it's a zoo and it's hard on everyone that so many bikes are on each of the regular commute ferries. I think cycling should be supported, but I'd rather it take the form of better infrastructure rather than a nominal cost discount. /br I think the real reason they haven't implemented any sort of cyclist cost sharing is that they have no system in place to track the use other than a handwritten log. If the bridge district would upgrade their payment and accounting systems this would be a piece of cake..
Concerned Citizen February 01, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Craig with all due respect what do you have against bikes? Everyone should pay their fair share True!. However the GGB dist. has been bilking North Bay users for decades. That bridge like the Bay Bridge should be paid for by the state not putting the entire burden on a small segment of the population. Did Cal-Trans expect users of the Bay Bridge to ante up for the untold billions just spent? Nope. Why should anyone expect public transportation to break even? Isn't it time to put an end to this archaic transportation district? Isn't the GGB a national treasure for countless millions to come and visit? Where is the equity to those that live here and have no alternative except be held hostage by this onerous organization. Do you pay tolls to cross highways in Calif? How about the cost of thousands of overpasses? How about countless smaller bridges? The GGB was paid for in full many decades ago by those of us that use it.
Sierra Salin February 01, 2014 at 09:26 PM
We ARE a consumer and car culture, as well as believing in owning every scrap of Nature and turning it into disposable products. Overall, we are driving NowHere? Fast. We should reward bikes, and foot travel, for sparing the air, water, and roadways, but, that would be too much to ask. Our consumer addiction to gas, oil, and cars, is so destructive of all which supports our and everything else's lives, and/but, it is all invisible to us, as we hop in, turn the key, fly, consume and spew. Few of us ask the question, or change our lifestyles, just trying to pay the bills, or get, or stay ahead. It is all unsustainable, and it is all just "us." What ARE we giving back, and what are we leaving behind?
Novato Tim February 02, 2014 at 12:23 AM
What's disturbing is that the headline is over a day old, and hasn't been fixed.
Novato Tim February 02, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Regarding the parking, Golden Gate Transit has talked for many years about parking (at least 15). Really, a parking structure should've been put up as part of the last redesign, but that would've cost money (and the ferry riders would no doubt have had to pay for it). I just find it annoying that GGT has the ability to levy fees with no increase in, you know, service. In recent years we've had: 1) A boost in fees to pay for GGB's retrofit. 2) Removal of ticket sellers from both ends, forcing ticket collectors into a customer service role most are not cut out for. 3) Removal of toll collectors from the toll plaza. 4) Establishment of parking fees in Larkspur. What has GGT given customers in return? A failed "let's have food trucks everyday" experiment?
Renee Schiavone (Editor) February 02, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Sorry for the headline issue folks, you can blame me for that!
Roger February 02, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Renee: I see you are the new editor of the Novato Patch. Can you actually cover Novato from your home near Palm Springs?
Craig Belfor February 03, 2014 at 02:30 AM
From what I can see, Renee has all of California to cover now that everyone else got fired.
Deanna February 03, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Does this apply to people with disabilities as well. That would conflict with ADA requirements.
Renee Schiavone (Editor) February 03, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Hi Roger-- Though I will not personally be on the ground in the area, I do believe I'll be able to continue helping bring your community local news. (I do have a co-editor who is located in the Bay as well). Right now, staffing is far less than normal, as we're working hard to make significant improvements to the platform and to stabilize the business so we can serve our readers and communities for a long time to come. We'll be posting about our plans soon. In the meantime, we hope you will continue to contribute to Patch.
Craig Belfor February 03, 2014 at 09:25 PM
So that's two people in California total? Wow! Do you two even get paid? Sounds like the end is near.

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