Friday, November 9, 2012

Free Parking Downtown After 5 p.m.

 The City of Spokane is making some changes to its parking system, including free evening parking for a limited time.
Starting the day after Thanksgiving—Friday, Nov. 23—parking will be free at downtown meters after 5 p.m. The promotion will continue through Saturday, Jan. 5, to accommodate holiday shoppers. Parking meters usually have to be paid until 7 p.m.

The free parking is part of an overall new approach to parking that focuses on the customer. The City’s parking enforcement staff are now parking ambassadors. The ambassadors will provide directions and answer questions related to parking.

And in a step toward creating a more vibrant downtown, the City is implementing a pilot project that allows citizens living in part of downtown to purchase a monthly parking pass good at 10-hour meters. This will make it easier for people to live, work and recreate in the city's core, which makes for a more attractive downtown.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.