ROCHESTER — Free two-hour parking at city ramps has been extended through the end of March.
While the program, which doubled the duration of unpaid parking, was scheduled to end on December 31, the change was never made and the Rochester City Council eventually extended the program.
“We have received positive feedback from downtown retailers and their customers,” Ia Xiong, head of transit and parking systems, said in a statement announcing the expansion. “Investing in this program a little longer is something we are financially able to do, in large part due to the continued availability of COVID-19 relief funds.”
In the past, the city waived parking fees if customers entered and exited city-owned garages within an hour. Last June, council voted to extend the time allowed for a free session to two hours in a bid to encourage downtown visitors to take more time at local businesses.
To take advantage of the extended free parking period, users must enter and exit within two hours.
Customers can stay beyond two hours, but they will be responsible for parking fees which will include the cost of the first two hours.
The program doesn’t change the city’s practice of providing free evening and weekend parking on ramps, but vehicles that don’t exit before 3 a.m. must pay an overnight parking fee.