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Parking permit fees lowered

January 09, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The morning commute will cost less, at least in the parking lot, after the City Council Thursday night voted unanimously to lower the cost of monthly parking permits at the city-owned train station from $20 to $12.

Councilman Richard Yauger said the city issued 25 parking permits for the train station lot since instituting the fee on Oct. 1. While bringing in $500 a month, he said lowering the fee might double the number of permits and thus increase revenues.

The city has 51 spaces to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Yauger said lowering the parking fees could mean more permits issued and more revenue.

The $12 rate, which goes into effect Feb. 1, brings the parking permits in line with what is charged for parking permits in the rest of the city, according to councilman Glenville Twigg.

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Before the $20 rate went into effect, a number of commuters who use the MARC and Amtrak lines protested. At a September meeting, Marilyn Turner, an employee at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., said she had parked free during her 19 years as a train commuter.

She threatened at the time to take the parking fee issue to the U.S. Justice Department.

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