There’s a chance that two popular Bay Area shopping centers may start charging for parking: Westfield Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row.
If you’ve been to Valley Fair Mall lately, you might have noticed new posts that are hidden behind curtains. Shoppers think that those posts might be parking machines.
According to NBC Bay Area, Former San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio mentioned to the news outlet that Valley Fair and Santana Row plan on charging people for parking. Oliverio also spoke briefly about the possible idea, saying that,
“the idea to charge for parking was part of Valley Fair and Santana Row’s expansion plans, with a goal to cut down on the number of cars in the area and encourage more people to carpool or take ride-share to malls.”
Management for Valley Fair Mall released the following statement to NBC Bay Area about the parking situation,
“We are in the early stages of planning a secured parking program for Westfield Valley Fair that will not roll out until 2020. While we do not have any additional details to share currently, we expect to make an announcement later this year.”
Just to clarify, there is no final decision on whether or not these centers will be be charging shoppers for parking. We’ll have to wait for an announcement from both locations.