App Glitch Gives Free Parking at Reston Town Center — But Only Temporarily

by Dave Emke May 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm 16 Comments

Free parking returned to Reston Town Center for a fleeting moment Wednesday afternoon.

Social media users reported earlier today that the ParkRTC app at Reston Town Center was not charging, but Boston Properties says the situation has been handled and everything is back to normal.

The app read “There is free parking at the Reston Town Center until further notice” when users attempted to begin their parking session. Angie Goff, news anchor for NBC Washington, first alerted us to the situation in a tweet she sent to her more than 54,000 followers at about 1:20 p.m.


PassionFish (11960 Democracy Drive) later tweeted a notice to alert potential customers to the situation.

Kathy Walsh, spokesperson on behalf of Boston Properties, told Reston Now just before 2 p.m., though, that the “technical issues” had been fixed.

“Apparently there were some technical issues with the parking system this afternoon that have since been resolved and normal parking rates are in effect,” Walsh said. “Parking actually was free while that message was displaying.”

  • johnQPublic

    what a joke…wonder if If it had anything to do with the guy on the roof….

  • noodmik

    It looks like a test system test went live on the production system. Stay tuned for a free parking from 5 PM until 7 AM announcement. Oops….

    • Richard

      Wouldn’t that be nice. But then comes the next dilemma. Would you accept free parking for three or four hours at RTC if it required you to download and use their awkward, intrusive app?

      • Tom H

        No! If you stay for more than 3 hours and need to pay, then use the app.

        • Why do you bother?

          I don’t think you understood the question.

          my answer: NO.

    • Arielle in NoVA

      Don’t we wish!

  • Generic User

    “Everything is back to normal.” Well, not exactly, BP. Normal would be free parking all of the time and your Gestapo force not standing on every street corner in RTC waiting to hand out parking tickets, harassing TV crews, and generally intimidating everyone. But good luck with your new normal.


      You dont have a clue what you are talking about. Maybe you should talk to an Auschwitz survivor about the Gestapo.

      You know what? F— your boycott, first world problemizer. 5 upvotes go to hell. If you cannot afford this town move to Baltimore.

      • Generic User

        Wow, the Fallston Group is getting really aggressive. I think someone needs to rebalance their meds.

      • Chkitout1

        You’re a sick F—!!!

  • Patrick Ohara

    the only thing “Free” you get from Boston Properties is an “Attitude”,and “Arrogance” if you want anything else then just use their wonderful app!….LMAO!

  • EliteinReston

    I just returned from a vacation that included a tour of the tony shopping district in Beverly Hills, Calif., where the city allows free parking for two hours. I do not see why Boston Properties cannot allow this reasonable limit as well.

  • Tom H

    Also… what is Angie thinking? Paying at RTC… she needs to get with the plan 🙂

  • RestonAssurance

    Free parking glitch no more. Back to the pomp and circumstances for Boston Properties.

  • TheKingJAK

    I can only hope that the rooftop caper was our caped hero waiting to swoop down upon the injustice which is Boston Properties.

  • 40yearsinreston

    If this is an example of their technical ability, be very afraid if you used their software
    Its a hackers dream


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