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Main Street Not So Free Parking

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by acehigh, Feb 4, 2014.

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  1. acehigh

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    Effective 2/1 Main Street Parking has changed the rules on Free Parking. I went to the cage to get a $3 refund (Price also went from $2 to $3) and the lady advised me of a new Parking Validation change. You now have to earn 200 same day Base Points or have a dining receipt of over $5 to get a refund on Parking. They would not accept my $21 dollar receipt from the gift store (Bought a clearance softball Cal Tee) and the lady said signs were posted in the lot.

    I went to the 777 and was forced into their happy hour to satisfy the new requirement.

    After walking back to my car the only sign that was posted was Free Parking. I asked the guy at the booth and he said he was surprised of the change and figured someone would come back to inquire with him on the rule change. He handed me a small paper with the new rules.

    I was disappointed in their new rule, and the attitude I received from the cashier. :thumbsdown:

    With the changes in Downtown that are taking place I only see the parking situations getting worse. I heard a rumor that the Main Street parking lot is eventually going to be turned into condos. This may cause a shortage in parking if it is true. On a side note the event parking at main street of $5 or more is never refundable so parkers beware!

    Open to any other parking suggestions downtown.
     
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    I've always parked in the MSS garage for free?
     
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    Acehigh: I'm assuming you're referring to the parking lot off of Steward Ave. That's also where the Fremont employees park. As TimSpeed wrote, the garage right next to MSS has always been free; I hope that hasn't changed.

    Earning 200 points or a $5 food/beverage receipt isn't much, but sometimes I only play table games and get comped meals and drinks. Who needs more hassles and restrictions? However, I seldom drive in Vegas, anyway.
     
  4. TomTWI

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    Main Street is the only Valet I always use. It's so fast with the Valet lot right there it's just too convenient. I hope that doesn't change.

    TomTWI
     
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    Heck, it's three small blocks to the Binion's garage - and Binion's validates anyone without proof of spending money on their property.

    Bill
     
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    The parking in the lot has been 3.00 for the past 3 or 4 years.

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    The garage was free but was only available for hotel guests, sapphire and emerald card holders. At least that's the way it was on Sunday and Monday. They were checking cards and turning other people away.
     
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    Actually I am not sure which parking lot is the subject of this charge? Is it the old RV lot across MSS and the Cal or the parking structure at the MSS next to the freeway?

    If it is the structure, I was afraid of that happening. I was there last month during CES week and the week after, one day I saw them installing those tire shredding things in the back entrance to the MSS parking lot and when I asked the guy he said that they were going to start to charge for parking soon.

    just FYI, there are a few casinos that allow free (3 hour) parking with validation, I think the Cal allows that. Now sure why MSS won't allow free 3 hour parking with validation but guess we will have to get more info to see the exact details (when the dust settles I hope that they at least allow some free parking with validation).

    Previously most of the time parking at the MSS parking structure was free. The only exceptions were during special events where they charged for parking. I parked for free at MSS last month when I stayed at the Cal and MSS. I would assume that parking would be free at MSS for hotel guests as is at the Cal.

    Guess I need to find another place to park now, the EC parking is free although lately they are checking cars entering the lot, there were complaints that many people visiting the container park were parking at the EC so now there is a guard full time checking cars entering the EC lot. (I better find my EC room keys).
     
  9. kiwiboy1

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    The outside parking lot has been $3 for years. The garage at MSS is still free (or was last week). Valet is still free (plus tip).

    It's a shame that you now have to play or buy something to get the $3 back but not a biggie.
     
  10. acehigh

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    Parking continued...

    I was referring to the big open outside Lot on Stewart not next to the MSS Garage. Heard a rumor that they wear possibly going to be building on that lot.
    I used to mark there a lot. Could have sworn it was always 2 but maybe it was actually 3. Either way at the time it was enough to grab a cold stella at the cal after receiving the refund.

    Thanks for the insight to other options. They have now started $5 valet at container park and a metered public parking lot next to container park. East Fremont parking prices on the rise...
     
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    Follow up on Garage info from Sat Night

    There are new signs posted in the MSS Garage in the Call that state the following...

    Parking FEE Per Entry

    Sunday- Thursday 3.00
    Friday- Saturday 5.00
    Free Parking W Validation
    Validation Includes
    Registered Hotel Guests
    Valid Emerald or Sapphire B Connected Card Members with ID
    Gaming or Dinning Patronage with Receipt

    Special Event Parking as Posted
     
  12. makikiboy

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    I parked at MSS this past Saturday night (June 14), there was no attendant there so parked for free. Too bad, I swiped my bconnected card and got free parking receipt (good only for 24 hours) to park at MSS.
     
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    Valet?

    Stupid question, but is there still valet parking? We may stay there in November and I'd prefer to just valet the car for the night.
     
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    Yes, I used the valet in May and no charge but of course I tipped.
     
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    The outdoor lot, or the parking structure on the north end?
     
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    The regular MSS parking structure on the north side of MSS.
     
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    And now this too has come to an end.
     
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    Not to be a total snot here but paying for parking at a casino is {f-bomb}ing ridiculous!

    Downtown you have hotel towers closed due to lack of guests, restaurants cutting hours due to lack of customers, Downtown Grand cutting back on everything due to lack of business.

    Notice a pattern here? I thought you would, not enough bodies!

    What's wrong with this picture?

    If they would only get their act together and make parking more guest-friendly they would certainly get more people in their properties!
     
  19. makikiboy

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    FYI, parking is free if you eat at their restaurants. Also free for hotel guests and free if you put in a certain amount of play.

    The problem is abuse. It was well known that MSS had free parking for a long time, the problem is that many people (downtown workers included) would park in the MSS lot for free, filling the lot with cars from non players.

    I would rather have the old validation policy (free validation for 3 hours) that were at a number of casinos (like the Cal) but I did notice that parking was bad on Friday and Saturday nights, hard to find stalls on those evenings. But then MSS and the Cal do not have a 24/7 parking attendant so while there is a new policy it isn't always enforced (if the gate is up and no attendant, then parking is free).

    Also, part of the problem is the "revitalization of downtown" that is bringing in non gamblers to the area. Many people are now visiting the container park and the clubs in the area. Unfortunately these clubs do not have any parking so people have to scramble to find free parking. Many of the club goers then try to park for free in the hotel lots also, filling the lots with non gamblers, which probably was one reason many hotels require you to play or eat at their restaurants to get free parking (or stay at their hotel).

    For now, the EC allows parking for hotel guests and people who show their player's cards at the entrance. I can see that changing like the other casinos because of the non gamblers I mentioned in the last paragraph.

    I think the change at many casinos like Binions are an offshoot of the MSS change, since MSS started charging more people started to park at Binions so Binions also put in the play/eat parking policy.

    The goal nowadays isn't to get you into their property, it is to make you play to get free parking. Many hotel casinos allow free parking when you valet but you still are spending money tipping the valet. As many mentioned, people visit the DTG, but how many actually put in play there is the question.


    BTW, parking costs between $3 to $5 a day at many of the lots, you get it back if you get your stub validated.

    I agree, it is a pain in the .... but it was probably warranted because of the abuse. Parking is at a premium downtown although you can park on the side streets north of the EC for free (by Stewart or Ogden streets).
     
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