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Big update tomorrow on downtown Tacoma’s paid parking system

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on July 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm with 1 Comment »
July 11, 2011 12:07 pm

Ten months into downtown Tacoma’s use of paid street parking, city council members will hear a comprehensive update tomorrow on how things are going.

City staff and citizen parking task force members will brief the council at their regular study session, beginning at noon, on details including revenue, debt payments, enforcement data, court fee collections and the number of citations.

The update will be Tuesday in Room 16 of the Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Audio from the session is live-streamed on both Channel 12 (TV Tacoma) and at www.tvtacoma.com.

No public comment will be accepted at the study session, but comment on the paid parking system is always welcome by e-mailing the task force at tacomaparking@cityoftacoma.org.

Since it began last fall, the task force has made a few adjustments, including removing pay stations in a few blocks of Market Street and changing the Saturday policy to buy two hours, park all day. Some downtown residents believe a residential permit is needed and are continuing to lobby the task force, said city spokeswoman Karrie Spitzer.

Enforcement is the hottest topic, one that dozens of business owners complained about in the months after paid parking began.

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  1. pcummings says:

    On Saturday there are only a handful of businesses open within a multi-block radius of the Perkins and Cliff Street residents; (see map http://www.perkinsloft.org/SatMap.jpg ). And yet the city continues to ticket residents on Saturday.

    Question: Why?

    Answer: Revenues.

    The present policy is harmful to those who live downtown, discourages future residential activity, and is not supported by facts surrounding the need for Saturday parking availability.

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