The City of Baltimore will resume enforcing metered parking time limits after loosening restrictions due to the Coronavirus, Mayor Jack Young announced Wednesday.
All parking meters in the downtown area and throughout the city will be in operation starting July 13. Patrons should follow the posted time limits and hours of operation. Motorists should not park at any meters which are bagged or inoperable.
The City of Baltimore began Phase Two of its reopening plan on June 19, which included indoor dining at 50% capacity. Parking meter enforcement supports the turnover of on-street parking spaces available to patrons of local shops, restaurants, businesses, and attractions.
Nearly 300 older pay and display parking meters have been replaced since late 2019, including many during the pandemic. The new parking meters do not require drivers to return to their vehicle to place a receipt on the dash. Instead, electronic kiosks use the vehicle’s license plate number, which is entered at the beginning of the transaction. City parking meters accept cash, coins, credit and debit cards.
“As people continue to move around and be outside, it is important as we continue through Phase Two that we return many of our services to help our economy recover,”
Mayor Jack Young said.
“This revised approach to metered parking enforcement supports access to local businesses that are resuming operations to serve city residents,”
said Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey.
“As businesses begin to return to normal, we recognize how essential parking is to area residents and business patrons.”
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Source: WBAL TV