October 2, 2012

New Haven's Union Station dons valet parking

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New Haven's Union Station, 50 Union Ave.

Metro-North and AmTrak riders used to scrambling to find a parking spot before dashing to catch a train – relax.

Park New Haven, the city's overseer of 8,000 public parking spaces, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the installation of valet parkers at the city's Union Station parking garage.

Tuesday was the first day of service.

Better yet, one of the benefits of the new Valet Parking Service will be the ability for Amtrak and Metro-North riders into New Haven to send a text message ahead of their arrival to the new "Rapid Return" line and have their vehicle waiting for them when they arrive, officials said.

"We are trying to put customer convenience and service first, and this is the kind of innovation that our customers are increasingly looking to us for," state Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said Tuesday. "Our goal is satisfied customers, and the availability of valet parking service, especially during a harsh New England winter, is something that many will welcome.''

Valet service operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m to 2 p.m., at the main entrance to Union Station, alongside the taxi stand.

Cost: $20 for 24 hours.

For more information, visit www.nhparking.com.

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