From Red Line rider "Mike":
Metro employees park in the "Kiss & Ride" spots at the Takoma station on a daily basis, and not just for a few moments. Often, they stay parked there all day.
About two weeks ago, my wife picked me up, and every one of the Kiss & Ride spots was taken up by an employee. She had to wait at a metered spot.
One of the Metro employees happened to be leaving, and was putting equipment in his car. So I figured I'd ask. Here's a paraphrasing of our conversation:
Me: Hey, I have a question for you. Why do you guys always park in the Kiss & Ride spots when there are a lot of empty parking spots all over the lot?
Him: Well, we use our pass to park here.
Me: Can't you park anywhere in the lot with those? Why take a Kiss & Ride spot?
Him: Sometimes we come for an emergency, and we have to be fast.
Me: OK, so why not park in another empty spot?
Him: Sometimes the rest of the lot is full, and the only spots are Kiss & Ride.
Me: (looking around) Not today. Look how many spots there are.
Him: Yeah, I guess you're right. We shouldn't do it.
Me: Yeah, probably not. But you guys always do.
Him: I'll try to stop it myself.
I saw the same guy getting into his vehicle last week. Guess where he left from. Yep, you got it, a Kiss & Ride spot.
We contacted Metro, and this is what they had to say:
Employees have to park legally and follow the law. A staff notice was issued last year to all employees reminding them of this.
And yes, we do issue tickets everyday to vehicles that are parked illegally, including those owned by Metro employees. This also includes WMATA work vehicles.
If customers observe this activity and wish to report it, they can call Metro’s Transit Police at 202-962-2121.
Whoever told you to call the transit cops to report these guys abusing the Kiss & Ride spots is full of crap. I've seen cops drive by the cars parked in the spaces, stop to look inside the car, and keep going. It was pretty apparent to me that they were going to write a ticket until they saw the car had an employee pass on the dash or hanging from the rear view.
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