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Agreement by Mayor & Council avoids evening enforcement at Downtown parking meters; Modernization of city parking through dynamic pricing and other efforts still on track

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 15, 2014) There will be no new nighttime parking meter enforcement Downtown next year under an agreement reached today between Mayor William Peduto and City Council, and evening enforcement in the South Side will be subject to a new comprehensive parking plan for the neighborhood.

Council approved the parking amendments today while issuing final approvals to the $516.6 million operating budget and the city capital budget the Mayor proposed in November.

“This is a banner day for Pittsburgh. With the help of City Council and our financial overseers — and especially our residents and employees — this budget clears a path to fix our financial problems for good over the next five years,” Mayor Peduto said.

As part of mandates in the June 2014 Act 47 recovery plan, parking rates were preliminarily set to be enforced after 6 p.m. at meters in Downtown and the South Side. Under amendments agreed to today there will be no new nighttime enforcement Downtown and such enforcement will be implemented on the South Side only in conjunction with a comprehensive parking plan written in accord with the city’s new Sociable City Plan.

The city’s use of new data-driven efforts to set prices lower or higher based on supply and demand — called “dynamic pricing” — will continue in Downtown, the South Side and other high-use parking neighborhoods, but only before 6 p.m.

Soon the city and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority will introduce new efforts to allow motorists to use their mobile phones to pay for — and increase — their time at parking meters. Combined with dynamic pricing, parking in Pittsburgh is set to become both cheaper and more convenient: a recent study of the pricing model in San Francisco showed meter charges in that city decreased an average of 4%, and street blocks were full of vehicles (with no available parking) 16% less often.

“I want to thank City Council, and especially Council President Bruce Kraus, for working with me on forward-thinking ways to remake the ways city government does business,” Mayor Peduto said.

“By studying how our parking spaces are used — or left empty — we will make the ways city government charges for its spaces more like a business, based on supply and demand. People using often empty parking spaces will enjoy a cost break, while those seeking the most-used spaces will either have to pay more or move on. This is just one of the ways we are making city services smarter and more cost-efficient for city residents and businesses.”

To keep the 2015 budget balanced, and make up for the lost revenues that had been projected by extending parking meter enforcement hours, the Mayor and council agreed today to increase some parking ticket fines by $5 to $10 dollars.