New and Improved Street Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek
The new parking meters will have a taller contemporary design with an easy to view interface, feature a large solar panel allowing for fewer battery replacements and will accept coins, credit cards and ParkMobile mobile phone payments. Google/Apple payments will be coming soon. Rates and time limits will remain the same.
The meters are not completely new to Walnut Creek. The City has tested these meters at the Downtown Walnut Creek Library parking lot since 2017.
Installation of the new meters will begin the second week of January and should last about three weeks. The project is funded by the City's Downtown Parking Enterprise and Enhancement Fund which collects all parking revenue and reinvests it back into Downtown Walnut Creek. For more information, visit the City's website.
New Equipment in the City's Parking Garages
New parking garage equipment (parking gates and pay stations) will be installed in the City's three public parking garages beginning on October 1. The new equipment replaces a nine-year old chip coin (token) system that is in poor working condition with state of the art technology to improve the parking experience. Some new features include contactless payments, illuminated gate arms, and improved event parking at the Lesher Center Garage.
Installation of the new equipment will begin at the South Locust Garage (1350 Locust St) on October 1, Lesher Center Garage (1625 Locust St) on October 15 and the Broadway Garage (1390 Broadway) on October 29. Each garage will take about two weeks to complete. There will be minor disruptions to the entrance and exits in the garages while the installation is occurring. There will be signs posted at the garage informing customers about the project.
The new equipment is being paid for out of the City's Downtown Parking Enterprise and Enhancement Fund. This fund collects all parking revenue and reinvests it back into Downtown Walnut Creek.
For more information about the project, please visit www.walnut-creek.org/parking
The City Adds 80 New Parking Spaces Downtown with Attendant Assisted Parking
The City of Walnut Creek is adding 80 new parking spaces in the Broadway Parking Garage (1390 South Broadway) using attendant assisted parking. The one-year pilot program will function like a valet service and double park cars when the garage is full. The goal is to create more parking supply in Downtown Walnut Creek where parking can be difficult to find during lunch and dinner hours. The program begins May 21, 2018. It's Easy; Watch the Video
For more information, visit the City's website.
Downtown Transportation - LimeBike Bikeshare Pilot
In January of 2018, City Council authorized a year-long pilot program to allow a dockless bike share provider within Walnut Creek. This means the community has a new way to get around the city and supports the City’s goals of offering many different transportation options. The City does not run the program or pay for it. Instead, it authorizes a private company to station and operate bikes around the City.
Currently LimeBike, a startup based in the Bay Area, operates a bike-share in Walnut Creek. The bright green and yellow bikes operate off an app on your phone; no bike rack or docking station needed. After finishing a ride, the user parks and locks it in place, ready for the next user. The dockless bikes can be parked on sidewalks and near bike racks. The City requires bikes be parked safely, not blocking the public right of way.
For more information, visit the City's website.
Purple Parking Poles in the Downtown Mean Long-Term Parking
With plenty of parking available just a block or two from the core downtown, the City is extending meter time limits to 10 hours on underutilized spaces. Not sure which meters have the extended hours? Look for the purple meter poles. MORE INFO
- Meter hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
- General meter rates will be $2 per hour
- City garages will offer free parking for the 1st hour
- City garage rates at South Broadway and North Locust (next to Lesher Center) will be 50 cents an hour
- City garage rate at South Locust (above Lark Creek Restaurant) will be $1 an hour
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Employee parking options are now available on the Employee Parking Program App - Spot Hero
* Download the app
* Reserve your parking spot in the SpotHero app
* $3-$5 reserves your space for the entire day right from your phone!
* Lesher Center Garage (664 spaces) - 1625 Locust Street (Special Parking Rates may apply during Lesher Center Performances) 50 cents per hour after first hour (NOTE: These rates do not apply when special event parking is in effect).
*There are also many privately owned garages and parking lots throughout downtown Walnut Creek; be sure to check a particular lot's signage for pricing and time limits.
For your convenience Route 4 is a FREE trolley service 7 days a week for rides around downtown Walnut Creek and to and from the Walnut Creek BART station. Bike racks available on each trolley-first come, first serve.
Please download a printable version of Route 4 & the Route 5 Trolley. Walnut Creek Trolley & Shuttle Brochure.
Extended Holiday Hours through December
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One of the East Bay's busiest BART stations, BART riders can easily connect to Walnut Creek's thriving business, shopping, and dining community. A short walk to the traditional Downtown or jump aboard the free trolley for a ride to Broadway Plaza.
There are two Bay Area Rapid Transit stations in the Walnut Creek area: the Walnut Creek station at Ygnacio Valley Road and Interstate 680, and the Pleasant Hill station at Treat Boulevard and Oak Road.