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POLL: Have You Been Caught Up in the Parking Mess at Dublin-Pleasanton BART?

Surface parking lot closed on Saturday to make way for a construction project, and left drivers sharking for spaces.

This weekend, BART riders used to parking in the north Dublin-Pleasanton BART station lot were shut out, left to scramble for parking spots elsewhere.

The lot closed Saturday to make way for Dublin's Avalon Bay residential development, which was supposed to go in earlier but was delayed because of the sagging economy.

However, a BART alert went out late last week announcing that construction would begin pronto, and that the trusty lot — which existed well before the adjacent 1,500-space garage — would be closed to make way for the development.

The garage will remain open during construction, according to the alert, but there are so many limitations on it that casual drivers (i.e. those who don't have permits) might not be able to find a space. In other words, even before the lot closure, the garage was pretty crowded.

There were reports of people arriving to the lot Monday morning unable to find a space, then driving back home to get someone to drive them back and drop them off.

Did you get caught in this parking chaos? What did you do?

And those of you who did find spots, maybe you'd be willing to let people in on your secret?

Tell us in the comments. And make sure to vote in the poll.

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sanramon May 02, 2012 at 10:50 PM
having a very hard time ...it is ridicolous wasting 1 hr just to find parking....
Marcia Parker May 10, 2012 at 04:31 AM
This is a continuing and frustrating struggle, even for those with costly parking permits.
Tanya Rose May 10, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I've basically stopped using the BART station for this reason. But I know not everyone has the luxury of driving everywhere (nor should we want to).
sfajax May 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
FYI I emailed Bart to inquire if they have plans to fix the problem and was told no, there's no plans or funding to purchase any land or build more parking. Lovely.
timothy May 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
We now always drive to the city or to other cities even if BART goes there. And we avoid San Francisco completely. It seems transit is turning into a service for nobody, with wasted tax dollars. Grade: D minus

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