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New Hercules Transit Center

Hercules Transit Center Opened August 3, 2009.   The new Hercules Transit Center, located on the West side of  Eastbound Highway 4 at the I-80 Interchange is a Park and Ride Lot with express bus service to BART and San Francisco.  The Transit Center was reloacted to accommodate more Park and Ride patrons (422 parking spaces).   The fee for daily parking  at the lot is $3 per day and  must be purchased in advance.  Parking permits are administerd by BART.  For WestCAT patrons, a $3-a-day parking fee includes two-one-way bus tickets on  local or express bus routes; an $80 monthly parking pass will include a one-month WestCAT pass good for all fixed route and express bus routes (except the trans-Bay Lynx).

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  1. Since the tickets must be purchased in advance – how long does it take to get them? i.e. if I find I need to use public transit without a few day’s notice how do I use the facility?
    The idea of not having a kiosk where daily passes may be purchased at the time of need seems to me to be patently ridiculous.
    How is casual parking to be handled on weekends?
    Often people arrange to meet or be picked up at the “Park and Ride”. How does one wait for someone in that situation?
    Typically persons with handicapped placards do not have to pay municipal parking meter fees in surrounding cities (as well as the State of California) – does this apply to the Hercules facility.
    Your FAC page is no different than that which was published in the “Herculean”. It’s not very helpful!

  2. Always a good idea to test out a system before a critical need. Your questions have been forwarded to the proper agency.

  3. Per City of Hercules staff here are the answers to your questions:
    Q1A: “Since the tickets must be purchased in advance – how long does it take to get them? i.e. if I find I need to use public transit without a few
    day’s notice how do I use the facility?
    While a parking permit must currently be purchased online, a daily parking permit can be printed immediately from a home or office printer. So a commuter would need to decide whether they are using the lot before they leave their home, but they would not need to decide several days in advance. A monthly permit does take a few days to arrive, since it is mailed to the transit user, however, once this is purchased, it is automatically renewed, thus eliminating the need to print a daily pass at home.
    Q1B: The idea of not having a kiosk where daily passes may be purchased at the time of need seems to me to be patently ridiculous.
    BART and the City of Hercules agree there is a need to be able to purchase a pass on site, although the issue of vandalism and theft are huge concerns, in addition to cost. We are reviewing the cost-effectiveness of an on-site permit vending machine or other method of serving casual users, including an option that would not involve cash. This is still considered an open item for us to solve, however, until it is resolved, transit center users must purchase their permit in advance.
    Q2: How is casual parking to be handled on weekends?
    Permit parking is not enforced on weekends. The original policy was to require a permit 24/7, however we have altered the policy to be consistent with other BART parking facilities.
    Q3: Often people arrange to meet or be picked up at the “Park and Ride”. How does one wait for someone in that situation?
    The facility has a loading and unloading zone, making it easier and safer to pick up and drop off transit center users. No permit is required for vehicles entering the lot to pick up or drop off individuals.
    Q4: Typically persons with handicapped placards do not have to pay municipal parking meter fees in surrounding cities (as well as the State of
    California) – does this apply to the Hercules facility.
    It does not. There is no law or regulation waiving parking fees for autos displaying handicapped placards. The state law only applies to metered spaces on streets.

  4. 1. No permit required on the weekend: Can you please upate “herculestransitcenter.com” website with this information? I kept looking for the information on that website, including Q&A, and I couldn't find that piece of information. Thus, I agree that “herculestransitcenter.com” site is NOT helpful at all.

    2. Also, when I clicked on purchase a permit, it takes me on a loop with an incorrect site linked. It needs to be fixed.

    Thanks,

  5. 1. No permit required on the weekend: Can you please upate “herculestransitcenter.com” website with this information? I kept looking for the information on that website, including Q&A, and I couldn't find that piece of information. Thus, I agree that “herculestransitcenter.com” site is NOT helpful at all.

    2. Also, when I clicked on purchase a permit, it takes me on a loop with an incorrect site linked. It needs to be fixed.

    Thanks,

  6. Your comment will be forwarded on to BART who manages the Hercules Park and Ride Lot parking program. BART's contractor can work on their web forms to fix the looping issue.

  7. Your comment will be forwarded on to BART who manages the Hercules Park and Ride Lot parking program. BART's contractor can work on their web forms to fix the looping issue.

  8. Can you please work on your route map so it is visible on a phone? Thank you.

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