The City begins the installation of new parking meters

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The City begins the installation of new parking meters

Kirstin Davis, communications manager, 509.625.7773

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 2:38 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, May 17, the City will begin installing new one- and two-space on-street parking meters in the downtown paid parking area. This is the next step in the on-street parking renovation project that began with the Downtown Parking Study in 2019. The ninety-page study provides an assessment of all parking downtown, curbside activity, policy review and recommendations for an upgraded on-street parking system.

“It’s exciting to see the new curbside meters and the thousands of hours of preparation by the team come to life to improve the downtown parking environment,” said Steve MacDonald, Director of Community Development and economic.

Parking services will install new devices in phases. Phase 1 will take place May 17-20 and Phase 2 will take place in June. Additional phases will be launched depending on funding for new devices over the next two to three years. There are over 5,000 designated street parking spaces and over 3,400 paid parking devices in the city of Spokane.

How much and when?

  • 326 single-space on-street meters will be removed from May 16 to 19
  • 36 single-space meters on the street will be installed from May 17 to 19
  • 145 double-space meters on the street will be installed from May 17 to 19
  • Phase 2 facility will include single-space, dual-space, and multi-space kiosk devices

Where will the new meters be installed?

Phase 1 meters will be installed west of Washington to Monroe and south of Spokane Falls Blvd. to First Avenue. Meters and kiosks will be installed in Phase 2 east of Washington to Browne and Spokane Falls Blvd. north to First Avenue. See attached map.

Advantages:

  • Payment options: Counters and kiosks will accept credit/debit cards, coins and mobile payments for added flexibility.
  • More information: Meters and kiosks will have more information available to parking customers on devices such as time status, reservation information and payment instructions.
  • Better visibility: Counters will be color coded according to time limits for better visibility. Customers will be able to see the remaining time and receipt of any payment on the meter. The 2 hour counters will be purple, the 4 hour counters blue and the day counters green.
  • Consistency: Meters on a blockface will remain at the same time. Meters installed in Phase 1 will be 2 hour stay spaces with purple signage.
  • Convenient and accessible: Street parking customers will benefit from greater parking availability as there will be fewer length of stay violations, reducing “traffic around the block” and waiting for a space frees.
  • Space Makeover: Currently, there is one meter for each on-street parking space. Most new counters will be “double-spaced”, which means there will be one counter for every two spaces. This will remove almost half of the meters in the city center. Unused posts will be removed or reused for bike racks. Outside of downtown, most metered on-street parking will be replaced with kiosks every 6-8 parking spaces.
  • Improved service: With increasingly unreliable devices, parking enforcement specialists will be able to improve community health and safety by having more resources to respond to dangerous violations.

What can customers of paid on-street parking expect?

  • There will be a combination of new and old meters in the street pay zone for a few years. The new meters will be concentrated in the city center, the old meters will be in the outer parts of the paid parking area.
  • New devices accept all forms of payment, old devices only accept coin and mobile payments and can no longer accept credit card payments.
  • The online parking map will be in transition during installation events and will not be accurate until the end of installation week. Traffic lanes must not be affected.
  • Meter rates will remain the same.
  • Mobile app payments require a minimum fee of $1.20.
  • Paid street parking can only be used for the maximum zone duration once per day.
  • Each block side is a separate area.
  • New meters with digital screens accept coins, credit cards, Passport Parking and ParkMobile mobile apps, phone and online payments.
  • Disabled parking permits allow free parking for up to a maximum of 4 hours, regardless of length of stay.
  • Reserved parking spaces are marked with red or orange signs indicating the hours during which they are not available. Parking customers can use the space outside the reserved time. Vehicles parked in a reserved space within the time indicated on the sign are subject to a fine and towing.


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