Original Source: "Parking problems in Chinatown? Not so much" by Hoa Quach, MyNewsLA.com
A new parking garage next to the Gold Line Station in Chinatown officially opens Monday, making available 175 spaces for transit riders and the public, but visitors to the area will be able to begin using the facility during a soft opening this weekend.
The city-owned Blossom Plaza parking facility, at 900 N. Broadway, will have a soft opening this weekend, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m Sunday. Starting Monday, the regular hours will be from 8 a.m. to midnight.
Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents Chinatown, noted the garage will be open in time for the start of the Chinatown Summer Nights festival series and the Father’s Day weekend.
The garage has 344 spaces, with 169 reserved for people who live in nearby residences. The remaining 175 spaces include 100 for the general public and 75 for Metro riders.
The facility also offers bicycle parking space.
The garage can be entered from Spring and College streets, and is next to the Gold Line Station. Parking is $1 per hour for the first two hours, and increases to $2 for the third hour. Every additional half hour will be $1, with the daily maximum set at $8. After 6 p.m. the flat rate is $3. Transit users with validation pay a $2 daily rate.
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