FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 31, 2017
With more people flocking downtown, the City is upping the ante by injecting smart technologies into the downtown parking experience. The goal is to make parking downtown more user-friendly, so the City is installing single and multi-space parking meters.
For this 90-day demonstration, four different smart-parking technology vendors are installing meters in the River Market, Crossroads Arts District and Central Business District. Paid parking will be new for the River Market, with the demo meters on 5th Street, 3rd Street, Main Street and Grand Boulevard.
Enforcement of the new meters will be weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and time regulations at meter locations will not change. The parking rate is set at $1 an hour in an attempt to encourage parking space turnover.
“We want to ensure effective management of public parking resources, encourage multi-modal transportation and support the economic growth happening downtown,” City Parking Manager Bruce Campbell said. “More parking turnover means more business.”
The meters start operating on Friday, Sept. 1, at 8 a.m. The meters have all been installed except at the Crossroads, where they should be in place within 30 days.
At the end of the 90-day demo, the City will choose one vendor to install a permanent product in all designated locations. The public is invited to provide feedback to help the City choose a vendor. Those interested in sharing their thoughts on the meters can take a survey at /parking. Additional feedback about downtown parking can be provided on the city’s virtual town hall website, KCMOmentum.org.
For more information please contact Beth Breitenstein at 816-513-2612.