Some of the area’s residents and merchants vehemently opposed plans for new bike lanes that will require the removal of parking spaces.
The street has grown increasingly clogged with motorists double-parking on both sides of the one-way street just east of Telegraph Avenue.
It’s part staff parking garage and part replacement for a South Berkeley operations building that closed in December after the district determined it was structurally and environmentally unsafe.
Under the current proposal, there will be 85 parking spots at Ashby BART and 200 spots at North Berkeley BART, including in a satellite lot.
Supporters say enforcing parking meters on Sundays could help shore up Berkeley’s parking fund, which has been battered by the pandemic.
The proposal to end free two-hour parking sparked a backlash from residents and businesses.
Berkeley’s solution to the “shuffle” of drivers moving their cars every two hours is getting pushback from some businesses and residents.
One council member called paid parking “a no-brainer” and others said it would align with the city’s climate goals.
The new parking law allows vehicles a four-hour time limit, which would force unhoused people to find other spaces to park.
BART is seeking input on its plan to help Berkeley residents get to the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations once housing is built on the parking lots.
“I know this is scary for people,” said Councilmember Kate Harrison. “It’s a change. But it’s a change I feel we have to make.”
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