Getting commuters out of their cars is great but the problem is finding a place to leave the cars they’ve abandoned. Closer-in commuters have long wrestled with finding — or creating — just one more parking space in Metro garages and lots, and now the problem has moved farther out, to Woodbridge.
Virginia State Police say they’re about to crack down on careless parking at the commuter lot located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Prince William Parkway. Beginning next week, they’ll be looking for cars parked outside of designated parking areas.
This week, police will be posting warnings in the lot noting the upcoming patrols, giving motorists a week to get ready, State Police spokeswoman Deborah Cox said.
Troopers will place a flyer on cars parked in posted no parking areas, landscaped areas and travel lanes in the lot between Oct. 11 and 16. Beginning Oct. 17, illegally parked cars will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Police say the problem has gotten out of hand, with commuters parking in traffic lanes, causing a safety concern and making it hard for motorists to get in and out of the lot safely.