On-Street Downtown Parking Extended to 3 Hours
The City of San Leandro recently completed a Downtown Parking Management Plan to guide policies and regulations for parking in Downtown San Leandro. With a better understanding of parking patterns, on July 17, 2017, the City Council adopted the Downtown Parking Management Plan with a strategy to aid future land-use and economic development decisions and increase the sustainability of the Downtown area.
One of the primary recommendations of the Downtown Parking Management Plan was to facilitate the paid parking experience and allow for the use of different types of paid parking technology including the use of mobile payment services. The City collaborated with ParkMobile to provide customers the option to pay for parking via phone (text, call, or mobile application), in addition to paying with coins at the meters. ParkMobile went live February 15, 2018 and to date has been very successful with usage increasing more than 200%, from 113 transactions in February to 343 transactions in March.
In addition, consistent with the Downtown Parking Management Plan, the City has created new time limits, standardizing all on-street stalls to 3 hours, which is an increase for many areas. This change aims to simplify the system for the customer and assure a convenient and appropriate time stay. Existing 24-minute parking restricted spaces still remain in previous locations to allow for short, quick visit access. The new time limit branding is currently divided into two zones, ZONE 1 and ZONE 2:
To achieve the objectives of parking space occupancy and turnover identified within the Downtown Parking Management Plan, one of the proposed recommendations was to develop a ‘no re-parking ordinance’ for all time-limited parking zones. The ‘no re-parking ordinance’ was adopted March 19, 2018 with the desired impact to provide available customer parking throughout our downtown community.
Drivers will be allowed to move and park in different areas during the day– but unable to re-park in the same zone past the maximum three hour time limit. The goal is to motivate drivers to park in the Downtown Parking Garage if they need to park for longer periods than 2-3 hours. Stay tuned for additional updates on ongoing improvements to the Downtown Parking experience throughout the year.
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