Reston residents can get more information about the planned paid parking system at Reston Town Center at a meeting Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Reston.
While the meeting is aimed at town center homeowners, residents and merchants, members of the public can also attend.
This is a venue change — the meeting was previously scheduled to be at The Avant but has been moved to accommodate more people. The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“The parking initiative also includes a parking guidance system that supports an improved customer parking experience by having:
License plate recognition to determine vehicle occupancy within each space
LED-based space indicators that change color to reflect the status of the parking space
Electronic display boards to indicate the direction and quantity of available parking spaces
Online space counts in real-time and on site signage which is updated as space availability changes.
Additional pedestrian signage to guide customers to shopping and dining options
Parking will cost $2 an hour. Store and office employees will have to pay for parking as well, but monthly passes (up to $70 for office workers; $50 for retail workers) are being offered. Many stores also say they will offer validation, but that exact plan has not yet been worked out.
Parking will still be free on weekends, holidays and during major community events such as the holiday parade, Oktoberfest Reston, the free Blue Oyster Cult concert in January, or the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. There will also be designated free parking for quick stops at stores such as FedEx, CVS and the dry cleaners.
RTC officials say the paid parking is necessary to cut down on commuter parking, whic