Cost to park in Vail may go up |

Cost to park in Vail may go up

VAIL ” The town’s parking task force has recommended rate increases for both hourly and season parking passes.

Parking fees go into effect at the beginning of ski season. Under the task force’s proposal, parking would remain free for the first 90 minutes and after 3 p.m. The would be incremental $1 increases occurring as follows:

– $5 would be charged for 1.5 to 2 hours, compared with $4 last season;

– $9 would be charged for 2 to 3 hours, compared with $8 last season;

– $13 would pay for 3 to 4 hours, compared with $12 last season;

– $17 would be charged for 4 to 5 hours, compared to $16 last season;

– $18 would be the new all day cap for 5 to 24 hours of parking for the 2007-08 season.

Discounted Value Cards for Vail and Eagle County employees, residents and property owners would be increased incrementally, with card holders paying between $7 and $16 for all day parking in the structures, depending on how busy the garages are.

The task force also is recommending a $50 increase to the cost of all parking passes.

The group also suggested expanding the use of outlying parking areas, such as the North Frontage Road in West Vail, the land where Wendy’s used to be, and Donovan Park.

Finally, the task force recommends increasing the maximum $26 fine for parking violations.

The group’s recommendations will be considered by the Vail Town Council at a public meeting in the town council chambers at 6 p.m., Tuesday. For more information, contact Mike Rose, transit and parking manager, at 479-2349.

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