Please allow me to explain my situation. I very recently moved to Lafayette. I don't have public transportation options to get to the Lafayette BART station, so I have to drive. This is where it gets a little complicated. I take Casual Carpool in the mornings; it's faster and less stressful (most of the time) than taking BART into SF. But, I take BART home in the evenings and then drive to my home in Lafayette.
I found out this morning, when I parked at BART, that I had to validate parking. Unfortunately, the ticket validation machines are inside the BART station past the fare gates. I can't simply go in and validate my ticket and run back out to catch my carpool; BART wants to charge me something like $4.50 (it's called an excursion fare) to be able to just go in, validate my parking, then leave the station. I called their Customer Service and this is all the information they told me.
Are there places around the Lafayette BART that I can park for free? I would like to avoid taking BART in the mornings as it's always crowded, and, well...I would like to take BART as little as possible.