Park and Ride in Virginia
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the most common P&R questions and our best answers below. If you don't find what you're looking for, send us an email and we’ll address your specific question.
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- How do I find a P&R lot near me?
- Is there a cost to use a P&R lot?
- How long can I leave my car at a P&R lot?
- Does transit come to my P&R lot?
- How do I get from the P&R lot to work or school?
- My P&R lot is full (or overfull) every day. What can be done?
- There is a maintenance issue at my P&R lot. What do I do?
- How does VDOT determine where new P&R lots should be?
- Who decides where a P&R lot is built?
- Who maintains P&R lots?
- How do I suggest where a P&R lot should be built?
Use this online Park & Ride Lot resource center. Click here for three easy ways to find a P&R lot near you.
Most P&R lots are free; however not all are. Use your mouse to click on a map droplet and open the information box for your lot. If there is a fee, it will be shown. If there is a charge to use a lot and you would like more information, contact the commuter resource agency near you.
If overnight parking is prohibited at a lot, signs will be posted indicating so.
Transit serves many of the P&R lots around the state. To see if your lot is served, click open the information box for your lot by clicking on a map droplet.
There are several ways to complete your commute. Use your mouse to click on the map droplet and open the information box for your lot to find information on transit service. Information is also provided regarding bike parking accommodations (racks or lockers). Contact DRPT or your regional commuter resource agency to obtain information on carpooling and vanpooling.
VDOT tries to stay abreast of the status and capacity of the P&R lots, but we can always use your help. If you need to find a different lot because the one you use is full, use one of the search functions. If you have information to share about the lot you use, email Liz.McAdory@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
If you need to report an issue, email Liz.McAdory@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
VDOT completed a Park and Ride Lot Inventory and Usage Study in early 2013. As part of the study, VDOT updated the inventory of existing P&R lots, defined a methodology for determining additional P&R needs, and then identified where new or expanded lots should be located. Further analysis is being conducted to determine exact locations, cost estimates and potential funding sources for future lots. This analysis will be complete by July, 2014.
VDOT works with local, regional and state planning and rideshare agencies to plan P&R lot locations.
Some P&R lots take years to plan.
First, the particular commuter corridor is reviewed to determine traffic demand, type of users/commuters and the projected future demand. If most planning variables point to the need for a P&R lot, VDOT works with local and regional planning bodies to identify potential locations.
From there, the processes of securing funding, real estate and configuring the design, infrastructure and necessary amenities begins.
Other P&R lots exist throughout the state and do not undergo the typical planning process. Instead, they are formed on an ad hoc basis.
These P&R lots are lots where commuters know they are allowed to park and do so regularly, but the lot is not designated specifically or only for Park & Ride use. Often times, permission to use the lot is given by the land owner, but no written agreement between the land owner and locality, VDOT or other agency is signed. VDOT is interested in watching where these more informal P&R lots develop as they sometimes indicate a need to construct a P&R lot.
Various materials used in the planning of P&R lots are included in this site: P&R Lot Policy & Planning Materials (For TDM organizations. Logon required). If you need a user ID, just email Liz.McAdory@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
VDOT maintains all VDOT-owned P&R lots. Other entities, such as localities, transit agencies or other land owners, maintain P&R lots as well. To report a maintenance need, email Liz.McAdory@VDOT.Virginia.gov .
You can always offer your advice on where you think a new P&R lot should be built. Click here to contact us by email.
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Want to learn more about your commuter options? Check out your area commuter resource agency.