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Auburn City Council may reconsider free downtown parking after abuse complaints

The Auburn City Council may consider the future of the free two-hour downtown parking program sometime early next year.

Some people are said to be abusing the program

The council heard a presentation on the program at its Thursday meeting by Auburn Police Sergeant Greg Gilfus, the city’s Traffic Safety Officer. The program allowing two hours of free on-street parking downtown was put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage the economic recovery of downtown businesses, but Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says there have been some complaints that the program is being abused.

On-street parking will be free for 2 hours.  Parking enforcement will monitor the on-street parking to maintain parking turnover during Monday through Friday business hours, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.  Tickets will be issued to overtime violators following the free two hours.

All areas of the downtown parking garage on Lincoln Street offer free 2-hour parking as part of this program.

The city has implemented a new courtesy ticket program that will issue a courtesy ticket rather than a parking ticket if you have not received a parking meter violation ticket in the previous 6 months.

The 2-hour free parking program will not be offered in the other city-owned parking lots due to the lots being provided mainly for long-term parking users.

View the 2021 Downtown Parking Promotion Poster

Related: Rock the Top concert series begins Friday night on roof of downtown Auburn parking garage

There are many parking options available in downtown Auburn

  • On-street parallel parking on Loop Road, Dill Street, and East Genesee Street.
  • On-street reverse-angle parking on Genesee Street.
  • Off-street parking lots are available at Court Street, Dill Street, and on Seminary Avenue.
  • The Downtown Parking Garage on Lincoln Street offers the first 2 hours of parking for free on the upper floors.  The lower level of the garage offers hourly kiosk parking and behind the garage, there are hourly metered parking spots.
  • Sign up for Pango Mobile Parking on your smart or cell phone, and pay & manage your parking session remotely.
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Free downtown parking will remain in effect at least for the rest of this year. Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.