LANSDALE — With quarantines continuing and "social distancing" now the norm, parking in Lansdale is about to become a bit harder.
SEPTA announced Monday that garages in Lansdale and Norristown will be closing their doors this week, for the foreseeable future.
"SEPTA will be suspending operations at its parking garage facility at Lansdale and Norristown effective midnight, Monday, March 23. Exits will remain open for 24 hours to allow customers to remove vehicles parked in the garages. Surface lot parking will remain available," reads an alert posted by SEPTA Monday.
All SEPTA services are currently operating on a continuous Saturday schedule "due to changing ridership levels and to provide a safer environment," according to the transit agency. Those cut back include regional rail service, city and suburban bus and trolley routes, and the Norristown High Speed Line, with Saturday schedules to remain in effect until further notice.
The $42 million SEPTA garage behind Lansdale's main station began construction in October 2015 and opened in April 2017, with roughly 680 parking spaces available inside and an additional 120 on surface lots surrounding it, according to MediaNews Group archives.
In 2019 borough council and police expanded the town's permit parking zones in the neighborhoods surrounding the SEPTA station and garage, meant to ticket commuters who parked in residential neighborhoods instead of the garage.
Don't expect any changes to those permit zones or the accompanying parking tickets for commuters who try to park there, borough officials said Monday.
"We don’t anticipate the suspension of the SEPTA parking garage having any impact on the Borough’s permit parking program," said borough Manager John Ernst.
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