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New Parking Procedures for Reston Town Center In Effect Saturday

by Fatimah Waseem November 17, 2017 at 11:30 am 36 Comments

All garage parking will be free in Reston Town Center from Saturday through Nov. 26 due to the holiday season.

Garage parking is free on weekends, federal holidays and after 5 p.m. Parking activation is not required.  Street parking is free on Sundays only for up to 2 hours. On weekdays, only the first hour of garage parking is free.

On typical days, garage parking is free on Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The first hour is free during the rest of the day, with parking activation required from 3:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free on weekends.

Paid parking went into effect Jan. 3 at RTC, requiring $2-per-hour payment in garages all day Monday through Friday, and $3-per-hour payment for street parking Monday through Saturday.

On June 5, parking became free in garages between 5 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., and one hour of free parking is also offered during the day.

For more information on parking, visit RTC’s website.

  • Mike M

    The enemy is cracking. Release the wardogs! Cataphracts attack! Havoc!

    Ahem. Or . . . maybe shop there a lot during this period.

  • Waitwhat

    It’s so elite…what would I even purchase at this elite property? What kind of elite food would I consume?

    • TheKingJAK

      Gold encrusted sushi?

  • OneReally

    BP this is BS make it free 24/7 already. Your backpedaling is making you look worse each step.

    Just own the mistake and move on.

    Just FYI I am never coming back though.

    • JoeInReston

      My guess is that they have conceded short term plans for paid parking but want to preserve their long term options. So they have designed the paid parking policies in such a way that it technically exists but few are effected. At a later time in the future, particularly after Metro is extended to the RTC, they can reestablish real paid parking policies. At that point, they can claim that the change is just a small incremental change, note that Reston is now urban area and note that urban areas typically pay for parking.

      If they wanted to be obnoxious, they could tear down one or two parking garages and add more high rise buildings. Then they can claim that paid policies are needed to divvy scare resources.

      All the new nearby high rise apartments in the area will provide them a solid customer base to weather any boycotts.

      • OneReally

        “note that Reston is now urban area and note that urban areas typically pay for parking.”

        I take you have never been to an Urban area? Reston is a bedroom community.

        Where else in Reston or Herndon do we pay for parking (other than metro)?

        • JoeInReston

          I take it you have never seen Fairfax County’s plans for Reston’s future.

          Note the context is in the future when the Metro extension reaches the RTC and when some of the proposed development has completed.

          • OneReally

            “Reston is now urban area” Now means now a future plan.

            A plan doesn’t explain paid parking.

            Your argument is voided

          • JoeInReston

            Didn’t quite grok all of your wording, so I will try to clarify my meaning.

            At the point in the future when the Metro has been extended to the town center and some of the development in that area has been completed, Boston Properties will then have more of a basis to claim that the Reston Town Center is in the urban area. The Boston Properties CEO has already claimed that Reston is an urban area, which like you, I disagree with.

          • OneReally

            That’s a little different than your first two points.

            BP CEO is a tool. Why should we believe what he thinks or says.

            The metro extension is just connecting to another shopping area. That has some high density residence areas. A far cry from calling Reston an Urban area.

            Tyson’s isn’t really even an Urban area.

            Maybe in the future. Right now, just a couple of metro stops with a few high rises and a huge shopping area.

            Google Tokyo if you want to see an Urban area. 🙂

          • ah

            Dont make me even more depressed.

  • Scott

    Formerly a regular visitor to RTC. Haven’t paid a single $ in parking fees and will not ever.

    • Parachute optional

      Base jumping off the parking structures is still free, maybe you should look into it

  • JoeInReston

    Apologies if I am missing in a tongue in cheek post…

    Just because somebody can afford to pay a premium cost on an item or service does not mean that they should pay the premium cost.

    And why should parking not be free over the holidays?

  • Big Drop

    Absurdly complicated. Street parking: free for two hours on Sunday. Use to be all day. How late do you have to pay to park on the street on weekdays? Saturday’s? Sunday’s? How many minutes are free for the street parking? First 15? Garages are free on Saturday but not the street. Before 5 garages need “activation.”

    What does one do who wants to park at Balducci’s?

    How much of the expected 200,000 square feet of new vacancies in 2018 will be retail?

    • JoeInReston

      The absurdly complicated parking policies are a blessing because of the negative public relations affect they had/have on the Reston Town Center. Had Boston Properties introduced a simple to use and understand parking policy, they might not have incurred the huge resistance that led to them back tracking most of their policy.

      Not all of the boycott RTC protestors were against paid parking (I was). Many were willing to pay in theory but were against Boston Properties absurdly complicated implementation.

  • WhatYouTalkinBout?

    This article is poorly written !! It leads with garage parking is free, then seems to explain the current policy twice. Confusing !!

    I know the parking policy is confusing to begin with, but don’t add to it !!

    And why through 11/26? Doesn’t the “holiday season” include Christmas? Is there going to be another week of free parking in Dec.?

    • Edward Calvert

      Yes, I believe there’s a week of free parking until the 26th, and a week free in Dec near the 25th. I don’t remember the exact dates

  • obxers

    Used to be a very frequent visitor/customer — but I haven’t set foot at RTC in over a year.

    • Why do you bother?

      And I won’t again until ALL parking is free.

    • TheKingJAK

      I used to hangout around RTC all the time, as did my friends, but the paid parking aspect along with the stuffing in of apartments really took away from the charm it once had. The paid parking scenario really broke the camel’s back as far as our enjoyment of the place had been.

  • Why do you bother?

    Speak for yourself. I live “in thos area” (sic) and I cannot and will NEVER pay for parking at RTC.

    • Willie Reston


  • Lol

    Why is it so expensive, and complicated, to park at a generic strip mall aka Boston Properties Center.

    I haven’t been to BPC this year. No need as Tysons and Dulles area shopping is much simpler, and welcoming.

    @fatimah your title is misleading- aren’t these changes temporary? In effect saturday through Nov 26th….

  • ah

    It wasnt always an “elite” area. They are pushing all of the low and middle class out of the area.which wasnt our founders plan many years ago.

  • RC

    Driving through RTC the other night I noticed that the “Parking Assistants” were thick on the ground. Note to Boston Properties: Stop hiring people to do something that doesn’t need to be done, stop charging for parking in order to pay those hapless souls, abandon the paid-parking fiasco altogether and stop trying to do gotchas on people who use a space on the street while making a quick visit to one of your tenants.

    • Big Drop

      I don’t think it’s about the merchants or apartments. I believe it’s about the 3.8 million square feet of office space and the consideration of parking as part of the negotiation.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Still not going
    I havent missed anything and the other strip malls treat me like a king not a sheep.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Elite my arse

  • Why do you bother?

    Which is why we SHOULDN’T go there. Not until the entire fiasco is eradicated.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Nice try, BP. Still not coming. Taking my shopping dollars to DTC.

  • Reston Resident

    Do they really think that we are taking notes on their little schedules? Boston Properties is anti-Reston, so I am anti Boston Properties. Enough said. No reason to go RTC at any time,, with all the other shopping options available..

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    FWIW – there is no free street parking – I actually had to run into a store and grab something on one of my few visits to the Town Center (4:15 PM on a Wednesday). I confirmed with the parking “guard” the first 15 minutes were free and he agreed; I even pointed to my car and told him I would be right back. I was gone 11 minutes and came back to a warning on my windshield. I asked same attendant who said he told the other guy and he gave me a warning anyway. Longer story short – I asked to speak with the actual ticketer who showed up with his Manager – I asked why I was warned and the guy just shrugged his shoulders. He said he would void the warning, which made little sense, but he said if I was “caught” again I would have the Bumblebee on my car. I left, called BP locally and explained if they are advertising 15 minutes free, they should honor it. The person I spoke with could have given 2 Sh*#s. Do not know what else I could have done, asked, confirmed, followed up and alerted. They seem so confused over there they do not know which end is up. That was the first time I had been back to RTC since the paid parking started. Not a $$ thing, it is on principle.

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    According to Reston Patch, Paid Parking is here to stay…says BP Executive VP:

    However, Peter Johnston — Boston Properties’ executive vice president for the Washington D.C. region — told Patch that things have “settled down,” and that he thinks the response to the decision to roll back paid parking hours has been “exceedingly positive.”


  • parking

    I used to visit regularly for Christmas shopping.. could run over on my lunch break, park in front of a store, run in, and back to work in under an hour. If I have to go to some garage to park, I might as well go to the mall.

  • John Higgins

    RestonNow, can you confirm BP’s generous offer to suspend garage parking fees through 11/26. As reported elsewhere, (“through [Dec] 26”) it appears the press release might have omitted the month. Nov 26 makes no sense; Dec 26 sounds plausible.


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