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Social Media Users Unleash Backlash Against RTC Paid Parking

by Dave Emke — January 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm 108 Comments

ParkRTC sign in Reston Town Center

If you pay attention to Reston on social media, you’ve seen a firestorm in the past couple days.

Tweeters and Facebookers alike have responded en masse after paid parking went into effect Tuesday at Reston Town Center. The new paid-parking initiative has many customers of Town Center businesses saying they are staging a boycott.

Nearly 20 restaurants and retailers in the Town Center are validating parking for customers. Rob Weinhold, a spokesperson for Town Center owner Boston Properties, said Wednesday that those businesses are seeing the benefits of helping consumers pay the cost.

It’s been an ongoing issue, and one of the concerns that retailers in any paid parking environment across the world have is what will it do to profits,” he said. “There are many retailers who have chosen to work within their business model and provide validation to consumers, which has worked out well for them.”

One of those businesses is Potomac River Running Store, which posted to social media Tuesday that it is validating one hour of parking for customers who make a purchase of $20 or more.

“As a locally-owned, independent store selling national brands, we cannot and will not raise our prices to cover the cost of parking for our customers,” the post reads. “But, at our expense, we will validate your parking when you shop at ==PR== Reston, because it’s the right thing to do for you.”

Other businesses, such as Starbucks, have chosen to not validate parking. Melina Palomino, a shift manager at the coffee shop, said as most of their customers are coming in on their way to or from work or shopping, they don’t see validation as necessary to their business. Palomino and others said business was slow Tuesday, but they attributed that to an expected post-holiday lull rather than to the parking situation.

Weinhold said many businesses in the Town Center continue to evaluate the situation to see how they can best work within the new parking rules.

Reston Town Center is a fantastic environment with a wonderful retail and dining experience,” he said. “I would think that certainly there’s a level of quality which no one wants compromised.”

Judging from response online, however, many people feel it already has been.

A Tuesday post on Reston Town Center’s Facebook page reminding people about the policy change had more than 275 comments as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. RTC staff has been diligently responding to many of the comments on that post and others on the page. Questions about parking validation and app security were among the many that were answered, though a number of commenters simply said they were done with RTC because of the decision.

RTC ambassadors were present at pay stations inside parking garages Tuesday and Wednesday to help users with any questions. Weinhold said he was at Reston Town Center throughout the day Tuesday and witnessed no major concerns.

While there are people that don’t necessarily agree with the policy, which is understandable, from an operating perspective the day was a success,” he said.

  • jvb11

    I am pretty open minded as a Reston resident, but the parking fees are going to severely impact businesses, especially those that serve food. Most residents I know are not going to go unless they absolutely have to. Most food places are not validating. This is going to hurt Sweetgreens, Red Velvet, Clydes and a lot of the food locations. Does it make sense to pay $3 to go purchase 2 cupcakes. I think that they should reconsider.

    • Rob m

      Hello lake Anne center!

      • North Restonian

        I encourage you to put ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Let them know what you think.

  • Frances Creek

    How can Weinhold sit there and say that yesterday was a success when multiple people have reported lower than normal business? One person said they had ZERO tables to wait on yesterday. ZERO! You can try to blame it on a post holiday lull but I guarantee it will continue. It was already starting before the official start date because people thought it had already started. I was going into the orange garage a few weeks ago and the car in front of me stopped at the entrance, obviously confused. The driver got out of the car to try to figure out if he needed to get a parking ticket. I rolled my window down to tell him that it hadn’t started yet. I’m sure there are plenty of other people who did the same thing. The employees I’ve spoken to said they have noticed a decline in customers. Some people are already looking for new jobs. Also, of course there were no major issues, no one was using it!

    • Milo

      The deem it a success because they made money on it. They don’t care about the businesses that lose money as long as they are having “operational success”.

      • North Restonian

        I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

    • North Restonian

      It would be great if you could post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • RickR

    I am not going back. Period. RTC is not that compelling.

  • Areyou

    I will avoid the town center because of the parking. Too bad too, I used to go there several nights a week. I will frequent other places in Reston where it is still free to park.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post Town Center ratings to Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Other businesses, such as Starbucks, have chosen to not validate parking

    If you aren’t smart enough to go to the Starbucks at Best Buy, you deserve to pay more for your coffee!

    • Ben Wyatt

      Or your not from here and don’t realize there’s a Starbucks at Best Buy.

      • Damon Feldman

        Or Plaza America near Whole Foods.

        • Howard Schultz

          Drinking sbux is like paying for parking xcept more expensive. In your case, plz amerika, even worse because by sbux service standards they should not even exist.

      • Ming the Merciless

        Not smart enough to search for sbux on your phone? No coffee for you!

  • Alison

    I’m not downloading a parking app to go to RTC. Period. I don’t care who validates and who doesn’t — as long as a parking app is required, I’m not going.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Yelp, and Facebook, and Yelp. Shaming helps.

  • johnQPublic

    I refuse to download an app and pay for parking at an already overcharged CLOWN CENTER. I will enjoy other areas that Reston has to offer

    • North Restonian

      Post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • Don Buckingham

    This really blows becuse I used to park there then car pool to work. I’m happily boycotting RTC.

    • South Reston Cynic

      This is the reason we can’t have nice things! First it was the recycling center now paid parking. What’s next… higher RA assessments? Oh wait.

    • Louis D.

      If Boston had done it right it would have addressed the parking abuse of using it as a carpool lot, but not hurt actual customers.

      It would have been easy. Standard ticket system. Hours 1-4 free, 2-6 $2 each, 7 and over $10 each. Those who have commercial agreemets get a certain number of passes per square foot for their employees.

      This scheme would need no validation, no complicated app system, would be expensive enough to discourage abuse and wouldn’t impact the average shopper/eater who stays less than 4 hours.

    • Louis D.

      If Boston had done it right it would have addressed the parking abuse of using it as a carpool lot, but not hurt actual customers.

      It would have been easy. Standard ticket system. Hours 1-4 free, 5-6 $2 each, 7 and over $10 each. Those who have commercial agreemets get a certain number of passes per square foot for their employees.

      This scheme would need no validation, no complicated app system, would be expensive enough to discourage abuse and wouldn’t impact the average shopper/eater who stays less than 4 hours.

  • Greg

    “RTC ambassadors.”

    Rolling my eyes.

  • Jeff

    I was a member at Crunch Gym for two years – up till late December. Moved to another facility that does not involve me in this greedy blunder. Used to meet friends and business associates in RTC – adequate free parking a factor. Moving on until the merchants who lease from Boston Properties pass the message in $$ terms they will understand. Don’t ruin RTC. Been a great place I have gone to for 20 years. Don’t let this be the start of the decline.

    • Mike M

      Interesting. I have already met people at my gym in Herndon who say they switched for this reason. One guy explained his math. The numbers were compelling.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Fewer stars hurts.

  • Greendayer

    This guy, Weinerhold is a boob. Obviously knows little about PR and being a spokesman. No one needs to shop or dine at the Town Center so desperately that they’ll download an app and pay for parking. This should be a good education for Boston Properties.

    • Generic User

      Rob Weinhold is BP’s consultant that is a ‘world-class expert’ in crisis management. Yes, crisis management. He runs the Fallston Group and is being paid to spin this any way he can to clean up BP’s mess by polishing this t. What he is counting on is that all of us are stupid, but hey, public figures blatantly lying to the public is in vogue now, so what the heck.

      • Joe Heflin

        I am guessing that they want to keep this out of the Washington Post and off of television so people away from Town Center are not intimidated and will still come here. I really believe if they had simply gone to paid parking (lower hourly charges) there would not be such an uproar to this. But for many the total lack of comfort and familiarity with using an App and a new “process” to learn is a huge complication. There are simply going to be a lot of people who only use TC occasionally-there is no reason for them to have an App. I believe that the association of an App with TC will keep a significant number away who would otherwise use it.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Public shaming helps.

  • Stuart Brawley

    The retail drop off is a drop in the bucket to Boston Properties. They know many consumers shop weekends when parking will be free. BP is making the parking fees on the workforce that occupy the commercial space. They also know resistance wanes with time and people adapt whether they want to or not. That’s just a fact of life and marketing.

    • Mike M

      Time will tell. Businesses do feel pain and sometimes they get hurt badly by bad decisions. If BP starts to carry significant vacancy they will fire the clowns and newbies will reconfigure.

      • Stuart Brawley

        I’m not implying a Marketing company sold them on this idea, I’m saying BP has made a decision they will certainly not walk back on after investing research, time and money installing parking readers. They know the metro stop will bring even more people into RTC to shop and to work. Their RTC properties will not suffer, there will be increased demand for their space when more people are getting shipped in via Metro. In fact that whole corridor on the Silver Line is going to explode with commercial growth, check out the long range building plans. RTC parking is here, it’s not going away.

        • Arielle in NoVA

          Are you a new reader of Reston Now, Stuart, or have you just been lurking before now? These two comments seem to be your only two on the site.

        • Mike M

          I don’t agree that Metro will automatically bring masses. If it does, that will be years away. BP will have deal with consequences in the next few years. If they hurt, they will roll this mess back.

    • North Restonian

      Then let’s make it hurt elsewhere. I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

      • Lester Green

        No guy just no. You can stop it already. Enough with the begging and just pay to park.

        • North Restonian

          1. I’m not begging.
          2. I’ll never pay to park there. I’ll boycott it first.
          3. Have a great day.

        • North Restonian

          Oh, I’ll never pay to park there when there are free alternatives.

          I didn’t know suggestions were begging. Cool story bro.

  • jvb11

    I spoke to one of the employees at a food location. Apparently, there is some 15 minute rule, where if you are in and out within 15 minutes they are not enforcing the parking fee. I don’t know if this is true, but this whole thing is ridiculous. When I parked yesterday, there were several spots open and I couldn’t even figure out the validation issue. I thought everyone validated, but that is not the case. I walked in and was told they the store didn’t validate. Also, I just can’t imagine that older folks, without smart phones, would be able to figure the whole process out. Assuming, for the moment, that parking was a good idea, the whole app thing is crazy. I saw a number of older folks just parking and I know they didn’t use the app. Kind of unfair to them if they get booted. A bit of discrimination against folks without the Internet (or knowledge of how to use it) and perhaps seniors.

    • North Restonian

      They don’t get booted, they get a giant suction cup put on their windshield!

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • RTC Property Manager

    If $2 is breaking your bank account, you shouldn’t be at RTC. Boston Properties pay county property taxes on the parking garages. It’s not public property.

    • jvb11

      This is no way to respond. Telling everyone that because they can’t pay $2 or $3 that they should stay away from RTC. Reston was not founded on this type of ideal. Tysons II doesn’t even charge for parking. Some people in Reston are not wealthy. Reston Association should get involved and impose a fee for every parking fee taken by RTC, if possible.

      • Greg

        Ah, but Reston Town Center is not part of Reston. Never was, and the RA has nothing to do with RTC (thank God).

        • jvb11

          Too bad. Maybe Fairfax County could impose a special tax on RTC for parking fees they collect. It just doesn’t seem right to penalize lower income residents (who do live in Reston, contrary to what the RTC manager says) and seniors many of whom do not understand this technology, along with the smaller businesses who will take a hit on sales, but will be required to pay the same rent.

          • Greg

            Between the local, state and federal taxes that BP pays, and will pay on the parking revenue, I am sure that plenty of the taxes have been, and will be, redistributed to the plethora of parking alternatives that the county insists are needed for the 99 percenters in Reston. We have lots of bike lanes, lots of brand new rental bikes (and many more on the way), lots of walking and hiking trails, lots of crosswalks and pedestrian signals, lots of public transit (with lots more on the way), lots of RA transit, lots of Uber and Lyft, and lots of volunteer transit for those who may find the paid RTC parking onerous for financial, technological or any other reason.

            I don’t think the county needs to tax anyone or anything any more. After all, the county just lost (again) an additional 4% food tax atop the amount it already taxes food.

      • 30yearsinreston

        If RA get involved they will lease the parking lots for millions from BP

    • Greg

      And, BP will pay taxes on the parking income.

    • ichrysso

      Who has been paying those taxes all these years? Last I looked, BP was not a government or not for profit entity…

    • Mike M

      Perhaps you don;t understand the full array of contempt you have brought upon yourself. First, you obviously had been paying yours costs without charging for parking. Second you could continue to do so by building the costs of the garage into your leases. Third, the format you decided to implement was onerous and obnoxious. I would call it incompetent. Time will tell.

    • Kathryn Fields Brooks

      So people with limited income shouldn’t be allowed to come to sit by the fountain or attend the concerts in the summer? Nice, Mr. Scrooge.

    • Joe Heflin

      It’s $3.00 an hour to park on the street. And you need a phone.

    • scooternva

      Boston Properties, you should immediately terminate the employment of the person who posted this comment. Ignoring for the moment your ill-considered parking scheme, this is NO way to respond to public criticism.

      • fred

        its not really someone that works for Boston Properties

    • Juli Vermillion

      Seriously? Where did you learn about PR or community relations? It isn’t about the cost, it’s about supplying parking should be a cost of running your property. Just because you have decided to be completely greedy several years before the metro even is a consideration doesn’t mean the residents of Reston have to choose to feed your greed.

    • Pam Koski

      What an ill-considered, thoughtless response. If you are truly a representative of Reston Town Center or Boston Properties, hopefully your manager has seen this and can better guide you on appropriate communications to customers. You should be welcoming and encouraging all customers not deriding them because they are not financially able to pay parking fees. Shame on you!

    • Anonymous

      As much as I hate this parking situation and feel that RTC really sucks, don’t act like you’re the actually manager at RTC, that’s foul.

  • Joe Heflin

    There is now a “process” to use Town Center. The “process” involves a lot of questions which have not been clarified along with confusion between on street and garage parking and the partiicular days paying is necessary in each. (Some are going to be surprised who park on the street on Saturdays…)

  • scooternva

    I feel bad for the waiters and small business owners who are going to suffer the most for the greedy incompetence of Boston Properties. But I will hand it to them–if they wanted to cut down on commuter parking they’ve succeeded! Too bad they’ve also slashed all the rest of the visitors to their troll-gated business park.

    • North Restonian

      Let them know! I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Meh. I’m still boycotting BP/RTC.

  • Dave

    Had a business meeting tonight that we moved from RTC to Galleria. Why should I pay for parking when other places are so close? Thanks BP!

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Facebook, Google, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • Alex

    Guys I know if you guys see a movie in the town center the theater validates for 4 hours.

    • Anna AKG

      but in which parking lot…. hmmm… lets play the map the validation map game.. NOT!

  • Anna AKG

    The validation system is joke! You need a map and know ahead of time which business validates but on top of all this you need to know in WHICH PARKING LOT! Not all validated in all parking lots, this is insane and stupid! Honestly I was planning to book dinner in RTC this weekend and most likely will head elsewhere as I realize I need to deal with parking. I also need to figure out what do with my bank since my business branch is in RTC and I am not paying to go to the bank. It such a nonsense system! I feel very sorry for the employees and business owners.

    • North Restonian

      Tell them on social media. I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • JAck

    Reston is already annoying because a round trip out of it via the toll road costs $7, now, you gotta pay to park in a silly little plaza that has decks on decks of parking? Come on, this is the burb of burbs. You pay to drive to destination nowhere, now you gotta pay to park in the middle of nowhere.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of RTC on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • Name

    If this parking thing goes away, I fear that RTC is going to be vengeful and stick it to the businesses and raise their rent/fees. This will result in them raising prices cutting the about of sale prices and deals.

    I’m going to miss seeing my movies at Bow Tie 🙁

    • North Restonian

      Then I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

      • Nate dog

        Why don’t you or better just suck it up. Times are changing old man get with the program.

        • North Restonian

          I have. People sometimes like to go further than write a comment. I see I was mistaken in your case.

        • North Restonian

          Oh, I did.

          If “the program” is to pay when comparable choices abound close by, I’ll pass.

          But you make a good point, as an “old man” I don’t have the alternative of riding a long board from my mom’s house.

  • Peggy Suntum

    Weinhold/Boston Properties say businesses have seen the benefit of helping consumers pay the cost of prking. How about BP see the benefit of not charging for parking?! Stop putting the fallout on the sjps, restaurants and consumers! You are the bad guy here. And, no, I will not ever pay to park in RTC.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • Kim Lockhart

    Let’s be clear about this…. When retailers validate parking, they are paying Boston Properties. So…this is essentially Boston Properties raising the rent for retailers in RTC, who are now shouldering the burden for the parking fee in order to retain their customer base. How long will the retailers put up with 1) fewer overall customers (as we go elsewhere to shop), 2) decreased profits due to paying parking fees? Ultimately, they will need to raise prices to make up for the lost revenue, which puts the parking fee squarely back onto consumers. BP, if you are reading these comments, let me educate you. This is the SUBURBS. If we can’t drive our cars somewhere, we can’t get there. This is not the city where parking is limited and expensive. This is the suburbs where parking is FREE everywhere we go. If you charge for parking, we have lots of other options. It’s a shame since RTC is awesome. …but I have lots of other options for shopping and dining.

    • North Restonian

      Let them know! I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • Generic User

    “I would think that certainly there’s a level of quality which no one wants compromised.” Rob Weinhold, BP’s crisis management consultant, shoveling his BS again (and I don’t mean his degree). How is paying for parking improving the quality of the stores at RTC?! It is only improving BP’s revenues.

    “Weinhold said he was at Reston Town Center throughout the day Tuesday and witnessed no major concerns.” Yeah, because nobody was there. I drove through RTC on Tuesday at lunchtime to see the situation on my way to lunch elsewhere and the foot traffic was definitely down.

  • tattler

    1.) Free parking one day and outrageously high parking costs the next day
    2.) Most businesses not participating in validation
    3.) Phone app which compromises safety and privacy
    4.) Confusing parking guide
    5.) Unfriendly payment options
    6.) Negative impact on RTC businesses and residents

    Jeez, Boston Properties, consider using a little bit of lube the next time you try to screw over a community.

    #avoidRTC

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • ichrysso

    RTC Property Manager – this was a real question. Let’s play a game. Considering that BP is neither a government organization nor a not for profit, I agree with you in your statement that they are asked to pay county property taxes. That said, BP has NEVER been a government organization nor a not for profit, so somehow, someway, they have been paying those taxes all these years. How did they do that without paid parking? I am glad you asked – they did it with the profits they gain from rent. I know that taxes have been going up, but so have rents and I would hope that property managers as good as you would have kept rents in line with taxes. What is being asked of here is to supplement those revenues with parking fees and an extremely inconvenient process. It is also apparent to everyone that this has not been well thought out, evident by the delayed roll out, the poor, laughable excuses about commuters using RTC parking and the fact that despite the position of BP that this has been in the plan all along, that they have been in the background negotiating parking arrangements with each business in recent months and even weeks. If this was in the plan all along, someone made a crappy plan, as reflected by the fact that this was codified in the EXISTING rental agreements. This is Reston, not DC – too many options outside of RTC are available and RTC is not so desirable that people cannot find other options. Don’t get me wrong – I am an American and a capitalist and hope BP makes lots of money this year. I am also a Restonian – I live, work and play here and admittedly being selfish, I don’t I want to see the RTC become a ghost town or worse, an undesirable place to live. Like you, I stand by and acknowledge BP’s right to charge for parking. However, you need to acknowledge my right to no longer support that effort and boycotting. Take a look at what happens when greedy people (in this case, a government) does not think about the implications and does not plan. Do a web search for “Rockville parking business” and you will see the challenge with implementing this in a suburban environment.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • obxers

    “RTC staff has been diligently responding to many of the comments on that post and others on the page. ” No; no they haven’t. Rather, they have only been responding to a small percentage of comments – those to which they believe they can cast some favorable spin. The dearth of responses to other legitimate concerns is quite telling. Their announcements and responses have done nothing but underscore their greed and the ridiculous pay parking scheme at RTC.

    • North Restonian

      You’re correct. I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • RC

    Write a letter to the directors of Boston Properties, telling them what you think of this greedy, unnecessary and tone-deaf paid parking effort. Here’s the address: /Board of
    Directors of Boston Properties, Inc., c/o Compliance Officer, Boston Properties, Inc., 800 Boylston Street, Suite 1900, Boston, MA 02199-8103

    • tattler

      Let’s also contact the local and national news outlets. There’s a story here, I just know it. This has all the makings a fine investigative report.

    • North Restonian

      Also rate them. I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Whizzing in the wind

  • Jim Call

    Reston Town Center Toastmasters is actively pursuing a new meeting
    location based on parking costs. A one hour, 20 person meeting 6-7 pm on a
    weeknight results in $80 parking costs? We regularly (3-6 times per
    year) have dinners post-meeting at one of the RTC eateries (most
    recently at Busara Thai Cuisine) but that will end soon.

  • Laurie Nasta

    These quotes from Boston properties should qualify as fake news..lol

    • North Restonian

      Propaganda! I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. Public shaming helps.

  • Phil Lilienthal

    Having been to a couple of the more normally busy places at RTC (Apple Store, AT&T, and Starbuck’s), it was a sad prelude of things to come. I hope for the sake of the retail establishments that Boston Properties comes to its senses before it’s too late to recover lost ground. Origins has, I understand, already decided to move this spring at the end of its lease and Clyde’s is considering leaving. The nonsense needs to be implanted in the new President of Boston Properties, the son of the former President. Apparently, he wants to make his mark as a hard-ass businessman. it seems he picked the wrong place to make this statement. Too bad he’s not here to see the fiasco. I imagine he’s blaming the local Boston properties staff for not making it a smooth transition.

  • DTNDAHOUSE

    Isn’t a “town center” supposed to promote meetings, lively-discussion, the arts and commerce? What about kids night on Tuesdays in the summer? Or the free concert nights (which will no be longer free) or the Holiday parade? You think locals and visitors are going to come out and pay for this inconvenience? How about making it easier to park free and adding businesses that will attract more shoppers? Is that crazy talk? NO. Is this greed? YES.

    I live two miles up the road. We ain’t coming in to pick up Chipotle or The Counter or Sushi any more. Greed. Plain and simple and Weinhold is going to pay and innocent workers trying to pay their rent are going to pay too. #stayawayfromRTC

  • Donald J. Trump

    This parking deal was worse than Obama’s Iran deal. I am already discussing options to have the Weinhold offices moved to Venezuela – where their coffers filled with parking cash will be worthless. I am highly disappointed in RTC and Ivanka is refusing to shop, eat, or ice skate there. Huge mistake!

  • Phil Lilienthal

    The saddest part is for the businesses. Perhaps we could save our RTC purchases till the weekend and then park for free and still patronize the suffering businesses.

    • North Restonian

      I encourage you to post ratings of the Town Center — and, separately, the business you want to support — on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

  • Greg Petrecca

    Poorly thought out, needlessly complex, seemingly unaware of the competitive disadvantage this puts the businesses in, with a ‘validation system’ that just adds to the annoyance. And they only made a half hearted attempt to answer the questions posed on Facebook. Really just feels like “hey, people work there and have little choice but to pay us money to park now. The hell with the other reasons the Town Center exists and is successful, let’s grab the cash we can before our actions make the RTC decline”

    On the positive side, I found the idea that someone took the time to be a pro-RTC parking troll in the FB comments hilarious (e.g. “Or maby you should just stop wining” responding to comments)!

  • 30yearsinreston

    The good news is that RTC will become a ghost town

    Give it a year or so, but the other locales will thrive

  • Damon Feldman

    I hope everyone is aware of the protest against the parking policy on March 4th at 1pm. See details at these links, and hopefully see you all there. It should be a good time and may make a difference.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/park-free-rtc-protest-tickets-32216974839?aff=aff0eventful

    https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=park%20free%20rtc%20(protest)

    http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2017/feb/22/restonians-organize-against-paid-parking-town-cent/

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