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Hi! When does the non-permit lots at Ashby Bart fill up? The lots where you can pay the daily fee?
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I get into the overflow parking lot a little before 9am and am often one of the last six or seven spots available. If it's been raining or there's a big accident on the bridge - it might even already be full when I arrive.
Depends on time of year but in the summer you can usually find a spot until 8:25 and on Fridays maybe as late as 9am. During the Fall/Winter it’s usually around 8:15 but if it rains you should go earlier.
According to the BART website, the fill time for this station is 8 AM:
I've parked at Ashby on workdays intermittently over the last few years. I've found that the lower parking lot (immediately adjacent to the station) fills up around 8 or 8:30. I often got one of the last spaces, arriving between 8 and 8:30. The upper parking lot usually has spaces until around 8:30 or 9.
I'm sure the neighborhood people don't love it, but when I need to go to Ashby I just park on one of the residential streets (south of the station in Oakland, there's no residential permit required). Then it's just a 5 minute walk or so to the station.
For occasional trips, you could also consider using a gigcar one-way carshare (unless you have a car seat or something that needs to stay in the car). You can then park free in the dedicated spots in the BART lot, or, if those are taken, in any 2-hour spot on the street. Downside is that a car might not always be available where/when you want it.