The free ride on parking in downtown Burlington ends June 15 as enforcement resumes

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Nearly three months ago, Burlington raised the gates on city-owned downtown parking garages, and stopped collecting parking fees in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The thought was that residents needed a temporary respite from parking fees during a period of uncertainty. On June 15, that respite ends. For the next week, you’ll get a warning if you run out your meter, but after that, tickets resume.

Business is picking up downtown with relaxed restrictions on stores and restaurants. That puts parking at a premium again, making it increasingly important that spots become available.

“Parking turnover is vital to a vibrant downtown,” said the city in a news release on Friday. “It allows regular and fair access to parking, which translates into more people visiting area businesses.”

Just like before, standard parking operations include:

  • Two hours of free parking at city-owned garages.
  • Free parking in city-owned garages and at street meters on Sundays.
  • Free parking after 5 p.m. at the city lot on Elmwood and all day on weekends.
  • Resuming fees for parking beyond two hours at city-owned garages Monday through Saturday, beginning on Monday, June 15.
  • Resuming enforcement for on-street parking, first with a warning campaign beginning on Monday, June 15. Beginning on Monday, June 22, cars parked at expired meters will be ticketed and/or towed.
  • Ticketing and/or towing is still in force at all prohibited parking spots, such as in front of fire hydrants.

Hey, it was nice while it lasted.

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