City | 4:45 pm | October 3, 2012 | By Diana Rosen

Valet parking hits Union Station

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Photo by Kamaria Greenfield.

While commuters in the past have been forced to frantically search for last-minute parking when traveling through Union Station, they will now have the option of valet parking, thanks to a new joint effort between the New Haven Parking Authority and Conn. Department of Transportation that was unveiled Tuesday.

“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,” said Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker in a statement.

In addition, customers seeking to use the valet system will be able to text ahead during their return trip and have their car waiting for them when they arrive.

The move is expected to alleviate travel concerns for Elm City residents willing to pay a little extra to avoid parking in the city. It is also expected to increase the amount of available parking spaces for those who do not wish to make use of the valet parking.

Only five percent of Yale students have cars on campus, according to the U.S. News and World Report.

The service will be operational Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a cost of $20 per day.

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