The parking enforcement moratorium by Park Atlanta ends tonight (June 10) at midnight. Park Atlanta will issue warnings tomorrow through June 16, then start full enforcement of new hours 7a-7p M-F, 12p-10p Sat, with no enforcement on Sundays.
Here at ABC we have a little different perspective on parking, and pricing parking. We're concerned that too much free or cheap parking incentivizes people to drive even short distances. Did you know 99% of trips in America end in free parking?! (From The High Price of Free Parking.)
We all want fair, evenhanded enforcement, but we do need enforcement. As we've seen on our downtown street, without it employees (we're talking to you, federal workers :-) will park in the same spot all day, preventing customers from reaching small businesses that need high parking turnover to thrive.
There is an optimal price for parking that varies from city to city. For Atlanta, we believe rates should be at least equivalent to a round-trip fare on our public transportation system.
We want to see parking fees support the development of more options for people to get around Atlanta. Stay tuned for our upcoming op-ed taking the broader view of parking issues in Atlanta. Press release from City of Atlanta follows.