Park and Ride parking limit

8 hour parking
8 hour parking limit at Monrovia Park and Ride

Recently I’ve had reason to pop into the Park and Ride lot at Myrtle and Duarte road in Monrovia.  I noticed all over the place signs with a parking limit of 8 hours, yet the average person using the lot needs more than that to cover his commute into the city from there and his work day.  Fortunately I didn’t see any of our local “parking police” in the lot and am glad they weren’t as I’d suspect most there are over that artificially low limit that doesn’t take into consideration commute time and length of a work day that includes a lunch break.

I wonder how the lot hours will change  once the Gold Line station opens in a few years and more commuters will be using the lot to get into work in LA or even Pasadena?

For one I’m glad it appears they don’t enforce the  8 hour limit there.

Pic by me with the trusty old cell phone, embiggens with a click.

4 Replies to “Park and Ride parking limit”

  1. Odd… I’ve seen similar limits enforced from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. basically to discourage overnight parking, but it’s definitely counter-productive to have such a restriction during the day — and at a park and ride lot of all places.

    1. I thought the same thing, but if that’s the purpose why not just post no overnight parking, or define night time parking hours? It really needs to be cleaned up before it becomes a Gold Line station with tons of commuters parking daily.

      1. I’ve seen these used in commuter lots and weekend beach lots. A buddy who’s a cop once explained it to me thusly:

        The trick is, you want to allow long-term daily parking, but you don’t want people treating it as a storage lot.

        The usual thing would be to forbid overnight parking – but that will catch commuters who get stuck overnight in the city or beachgoers who get too tipsy and call a cab or go home with friends or who get lucky and go home with the cutie they met at the beach.

        And you don’t want to do that. :-)

        So you post a sign limiting parking to 8 hours in a 9-hour, 9 to 5 daytime window.

        The only daily customers you could even theoretically ticket under that scheme would be people who arrive between 8 and 9 am and return more than 8 hours later – but only in a one-hour window between 4 and 5 pm. And even then, you’d have to record arrival times, since someone arriving at 8:45am can’t be ticketed until 4:45pm.

        Not exactly practical.

        But that’s not what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to prevent storage parking while still cutting legitimate customers some slack if they unexpectedly need to leave their cars overnight. The way they do that is to note the overnighters (usually during the 2-3 am Drunk Patrol), and then ticket them if they’re not gone before 5 pm the next day (or in some extra-slack jurisdictions, the day after). And then tow them away if they’re still sitting there ticketed at 4 pm the following day.

        This also lets them do all the ticketing and towing during the day shift – the night shift only needs to record plate numbers from the comfort of their warm cruiser. Cops like to arrange things that way. :-)

        [Caveat locomotor] This Is Not Legal Advice :-) That’s how they did things in my buddy’s hometown. You might wanna check with your local PD before making any assumptions that could cost you money. [/Caveat]

        (But I can’t really see how those signs make sense otherwise.)

  2. Yeah that sign makes no sense whatsoever. 1 hour at least to get to work and back. I think there are many things that the city needs to do, but do you think it will be done with the budget cuts going on?

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