The city announced today that eligible residents and businesses near light rail stations will receive free Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) permits until Spring 2011. RPZs are intended to keep out-of-area commuters from using the areas around the stations as park-and-rides for the light rail and preventing local residents from being able to park.
Normally, a permit is $45 per vehicle for a two-year permit, but to ease the transition to the RPZ program, the city will provide two no-cost RPZ permits per household or business through spring 2011, along with one no-cost guest permit. If you need more permits, you can purchase them at the normal price, $45 per vehicle ($10 for low-income residents). Applications for permits will be sent out in May, and enforcement of the new zone will begin in July when the light rail system starts operation.