Mayor Hickenlooper Lowers Downtown Parking Meter Rates
Mayor Delivers Change -- Literally and Figuratively.
Fulfilling his campaign promise to address downtown parking meter problems, Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday several policy changes aimed at making downtown Denver more accessible, convenient and affordable to visitors. These changes include a reduction in hourly parking meter rates, free Sunday parking, a one-time only parking ticket late-fee amnesty program, a promotional special for parking Cash Keys, and the creation of a long-term citywide parking commission.
"Parking meters were not designed to be a revenue generator; they are a tool to manage a scarce resource," Hickenlooper said. "In order to make Downtown more inviting and drive economic growth, we must make downtown parking more affordable and convenient. These changes will benefit Denver residents, visitors and small businesses."
The policy changes, many of which appeared in Hickenlooper's campaign parking meter plan, were recommended and reinforced by the Downtown Parking Task Force that Hickenlooper commissioned last month.
"I want to thank the members of the Downtown Parking Task Force, who volunteered their time and expertise to help address our parking issues," Hickenlooper said. "I am also grateful to the City's Public Works Department and Parking Management Office for taking the lead in implementing these changes, and appreciative of the input from the Budget Office. We look forward to working with the Downtown Denver Partnership to spread the word about these exciting changes."
The details of the policy changes are as follows:
Reduce Downtown Parking Meter Rates By One-Third
Hickenlooper announced that the City will reduce parking meter rates in Downtown, the Golden Triangle, and on Colfax Avenue - from $1.50/hour to their previous level of $1/hour - effective the day after Thanksgiving. The ensuing weeks are necessary to change the meter rate plates and internal computers.
Make Downtown Parking Meters FREE on Sundays - One-Year Trial
Hickenlooper announced a one-year trial of free Sunday parking in Downtown, beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 30, 2003. Updated signage will be implemented over the course of the coming months.
One-Time Parking Ticket Late-Fee Amnesty Program
Tickets incur a late penalty after 20 days with no payment. Currently, there are more than 1.1 million unpaid parking tickets in Denver, totaling more than $45 million. Hickenlooper announced that the City will initiate a one-time-only parking ticket amnesty program to increase revenues from uncollected tickets and assist people in paying off their tickets so they no longer avoid visiting downtown for fear of the boot.
Parking ticket amnesty will be in effect from Wednesday, November 12, 2003, through Wednesday, December 31, 2003 (excluding all City holidays). During this window, all late penalties will be temporarily removed and the ticket holder can pay the original ticket amount.
Any ticket incurring a penalty during the amnesty program window, regardless of when it was written, is eligible. Tickets that have already been sent to the City Attorney's Office for collection and tickets that are in hearing status will be eligible for the amnesty program. Parking ticket holders will be unable to challenge a ticket if they utilize the amnesty program.
Parking ticket holders have several ticket payment options:
Internet: Visit www.denverpvb.com to pay tickets online with a credit card.
Pay-By-Phone: By dialing 303-296-2595, you can obtain general information, check the status of a ticket, or pay for a ticket by Visa or MasterCard 24-hours-a-day. Customer service representatives are available to handle specific questions on the hotline Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
Walk-In Payments: To increase convenience, the City is opening a temporary amnesty program ticket payment office in the first floor atrium of the Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue.
Additionally, you can also pay your ticket(s) in person at any of the following City cashiering facilities:
- Bear Valley: 3100 Sheridan Boulevard, Unit 1-A
- Central Denver Community Court: 3280 Downing Street
- City and County Building: 1437 Bannock Street, Room 102
- Montbello: Arie P. Taylor Municipal Building, 4685 Peoria Street
- Northwest: 3698 West 44th Avenue
- Parking Ticket Referree's Office: 110 16th Street, #765
- Colorado Driver's License Office: 1865 West Mississippi Avenue
Promote Cash Key Accessibility and Convenience
To prevent individuals from being stuck downtown without any quarters, Hickenlooper announced that the City will waive the standard $15 deposit on parking meter keys until the end of the year, after which the key deposit will be $10. The City will also work with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the business community to find additional distribution points for Cash Keys. Local businesses who want to purchase pre-paid Cash Keys to sell to their customers may contact Gary Oppliger at 720-913-1772.
Cash Keys are currently available at the following locations:
- Webb Municipal Office Building, 201 West Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor Cashier's Office
- Petroleum Building, 110 16th Street, 7th Floor Cashier's Office
- Wastewater Management Division, 2000 West 3rd Avenue, 1st Floor Cashier's Office
- Downtown Denver Partnership - 511 16th Street, #200
- Tattered Cover Bookstore - 16th and Wynkoop Streets
Long-Term Parking Commission
While the Mayor's Downtown Parking Task Force has completed its short-term work, Hickenlooper announced that he is creating a long-term parking commission with citywide representation to explore additional parking-related issues throughout Denver. The Downtown Parking Task Force identified and recommended several long-term issues that will help to serve as a starting point for the Commission.
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