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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Parking Changes

Another press release from the city: Evening hours on the meters are extended and tickets will be transferable from one location to another until they expire.

Oakland, CA - Mayor Ron Dellums announced today that effective Monday, August 10, parking time limits on all multi-space parking kiosks in Oakland will be extended to allow three (3) hours of parking after 5 pm. Under the current system, some commercial districts are zoned for a maximum of one or two hours of parking. This new change will rezone all commercial districts with the multi-space electronic kiosks to allow for a maximum of three hours of parking after 5 pm.

The City of Oakland is making this immediate change to make it easier for patrons to park in the evening hours without risking a parking ticket. The change will be implemented under the City Administrator's authority during the City Council's August recess, and presented to the City Council for final approval in September.

"We recognize that the dynamics of a commercial district change in the evening hours and that merchants who may want to see more frequent turnover in parking spaces during the day need longer hours for their patrons to park in the evening," said City Administrator Dan Lindheim. "Oakland's dining and nightlife scene is hot; we have dozens of new restaurants that have opened up, as well as movie theaters and shopping. We want people to be able to enjoy all that Oakland has to offer in the evening hours without running the risk of getting a parking ticket."

The change is coupled with another change announced earlier this week which allows drivers to purchase a parking receipt at any of the City's multi-space meters, also known as "kiosks," and use the same receipt at any meter anywhere in Oakland as long as it has a valid time and date on it. The multi-space kiosks accept coins and credit/debit cards for payment. Under the old system, each time a driver parked in a space they were required to purchase a new receipt, regardless of how long they parked there. The receipts were previously not transferrable from parking space to parking spaces.

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