Parking

Questions about parking? Call our parking helpline at 510.477.1780, or read the information below.

There are many types of parking at and around the Union City BART Station for your use.  Below is a map of those options, and following is a narrative of each:

Horizontal image of parking map

For Visitors and Shoppers

Short-term metered parking is provided on streets closest to the neighborhoods and retail within the Station District. Metered parking is $.50 per hour, with a maximum of 4 hours. The metered streets are 11th Street (south of Decoto Road), Cheeves Way, and Union Square.

For Commuters and Longer-Term Parkers

Parking Lots: Metered Parking

This is the best option if you are an occasional BART rider. Located in City Lot 1 and City Lot 2, this pay-by-space option costs $0.50 per hour with a $4 daily maximum. The two parking lots have a combined 706 parking spaces. To pay for parking:

  • Make a note of your space number
  • Go to a parking machine and touch any button
  • Enter number of your parking space
  • Pay with quarters, dollar coins, Visa, Mastercard, or Discovery cards
  • After paying, take your receipt and you're done! No need to display the receipt in your vehicle.

Permit Parking 

Permit parking is the most economical option if you are a regular commuter. The City Station District Area S Permit costs $120 per calendar quarter (or about $2 per business day). The Area S Permit offers unlimited parking at a fixed price in City Lot 2 and on 12th Street, J Street, the J Street Lot, Meyers Drive, and Alvarado-Niles Road (Northbound). See below for how to purchase an Area S Permit online.

On-Street Pay-by-Phone Parking

For those without an Area S permit, or who prefer to pay daily, Union City also provides Pay-by-phone parking on 12th Street, J Street, the J Street Lot, Meyers Drive, and Alvarado-Niles Road. Pay-by-phone parking is administered by Parkmobile and costs a $3-per-day flat rate, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Download the Parkmobile App or visit ucparking.org to pay for parking on the go! If you don't have a smartphone, you can access the web app here.

Parkmobile zone number, street, and space count are as follows:

Zone Number Street Space Count
1850 Alvarado-Niles Road 67
1851 12th Street/J Street/and the J Street Lot 56
1852 Meyers Drive 40

Station Center Parking Garage

Public parking is also available on the lower three floors of the Station Center parking garage. The entrance to the Station Center garage is on Cheeves Way. The Station Center parking garage is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Cost of parking is $0.50 an hour with a $3 maximum per 24-hour period. Station Center residents and retail employees may purchase an Area M Parking Permit for $120 per calendar quarter. Parking is enforced 24/7.

BART Parking Lot

BART operates a parking lot on the west side of the Union City BART Station. A portion of the BART lot is reserved for BART parking permit holders during morning commute hours. The remaining spaces may be purchased at a daily rate. For more information please visit BART's Parking website.

Area S Permits

Area S Permits provide daily parking within walking distance of the BART station. A permit costs $120 for three months, or only about $2 per commute day.

View the parking map

 Purchase Area S Parking Permit at City Hall or buy an Area S Permit online:

  1. Click Add to Cart – Note – After clicking “Add to Cart” do not come back to this page and click “Add to Cart” again.  Otherwise, the system will add another permit to the order.
  2. Enter Quantity of permits desired
  3. Confirm Quantity
  4. Click on Proceed to Checkout
  5. Choose payment option: PayPal or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover) and enter info
  6. Click on Review Order and Continue
  7. Click on Pay Now

Your permit should arrive in the mail within one week of purchase.

Where the Area S Parking Permit is Accepted

You'll find that Area S parking in Lot 2 is often full by 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday. You can use the Area S Parking Permit on northbound Alvarado-Niles Road, Meyers Drive, 12th Street, J Street, and the J Street Lot.

View the parking map

More information on S Area Permits:

  • The permit is sold for calendar quarters only.
  • Prices are not prorated.
  • Permits are transferable but not refundable.
  • Hang-tag type permits are hung from vehicle rear view mirror and can be easily moved from one vehicle to another.

Area M Permits

The Area M Parking Permit is for Station Center residents and retail tenants who have more than one car. The designated parking areas for Area M Permits are the lower 3 floors of the parking garage only. Station Center residents who have more than one car parked in the garage must purchase an Area M Parking Permit every three months.

View the parking map

Purchase Area M Parking Permit at City Hall or buy an Area M Permit online:

  1. Click Add to Cart – Note – After clicking “Add to Cart” do not come back to this page and click “Add to Cart” again.  Otherwise, the system will add another permit to the order.
  2. Enter Quantity of permits desired
  3. Confirm Quantity
  4. Click on Proceed to Checkout
  5. Choose payment option: PayPal or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover) and enter info
  6. Click on Review Order and Continue
  7. Click on Pay Now