RTC Parking: A Primer on What Happens Starting Sept. 12

Parking garage at Reston Town CenterIt’s Sept. 1. That means free parking at Reston Town Center will soon be a thing of the past.

In case you have been out of town this summer, Reston Now will fill you in the details.

Boston Properties says it needs to discourage commuter parking in Reston Town Center’s seven parking garage. It will begin charging $2 an hour on weekdays (and nights) starting Monday, Sept. 12.

Saturdays, Sundays and special events will remain free.

Parking will be a with a gateless and ticketless system. Visitors must download the ParkRTC app to automatically pay by credit card. If a visitor does not want the app, he or she can pay at a credit card kiosk located in four of the garages.

Here are more details on everything you need to know:

How the app works

Why Boston Properties calls this an enhancement

How validation works

What will happen if I don’t pay

What may happen in the longterm

Citizens are still working on a petition in protest of the move

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