Park and Pillage overcrowding

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Metro has issued a press release warning:

On Monday, May 2, METRO Police will begin issuing citations for parking violations at the Northwest Station Park & Ride lot.

In an effort to reduce overcrowding and illegal parking at the Northwest Station Park & Ride, METRO is encouraging customers to sign up for the Northwest Freeway Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) Program. The Program allows solo commuters to use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane to travel from the Northwest Station Park & Ride to the less crowded West Little York Park & Ride lot. The SOV Program is free, but only valid for registered solo commuters traveling between the two facilities.

The W. Little York Park & Ride lot is served by the 216 W. Little York/Pinemont route, which stops at the same Downtown locations as the 214 Northwest Station route out of the Northwest Station Park & Ride.

METRO recently completed improvements to the Northwest Station Park & Ride, including new fire lanes, additional parking spaces and new lane striping throughout the facility. However, customers may still encounter difficulty in finding available parking spaces.

Parking violations could result in fines of up to $200 per citation. Jersey Village police officers and other local law enforcement agencies, such as the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and Precinct 4 Constables Office, also reserve the right to issue citations at will.

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