Monday, December 7, 2015

"Secret Santas" to Plug Parking Meters Throughout the Holiday Season

It could be the most wonderful time of the year if free parking makes you happy.

Each holiday season, City of Spokane Parking Enforcement crews perform random acts of free parking kindness by plugging parking meters for unsuspecting downtown shoppers. Today, December 7, through New Year’s Day, the City’s ten parking enforcement officers will be randomly providing free parking to citizens Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (normal parking meter hours).

The tradition is an effort to encourage people to come downtown to celebrate and support downtown businesses.  In 2014, the ‘Secret Santa’ parking enforcement officers donated approximately $700 in free parking – the equivalent of about 300 free parking opportunities in the downtown area. 

Money used to plug parking meters is donated from the City’s parking meter revenue funds.

The ‘Secret Parking Santas’ do NOT re-plug meters for vehicles already parked at a metered spot. Parking enforcement officers only plug the meters of drivers who have just pulled into an open space. 

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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.