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Parking Division Temporarily Reduces City-Owned Garage Rates to Assist Residents and Businesses during Period of Early COVID-19 Recovery

As the City of Madison begins to slowly return to a “new-normal” and on-street parking meter enforcement & fees will resume June 1st, the Parking Division is making some temporary rate changes for City-owned public parking garages to reduce the cost to park and encourage residents and visitors to shop and dine downtown.

Effective June 1, 2020, there will be a $5 daily maximum fee in all City-owned public parking garages, and the first hour of parking is free on Saturdays.

This temporary rate reduction is designed to assist residents, workers and businesses who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 to have a low cost parking option during early recovery and reopening. The $5 daily maximum provides a low cost option to drive and park downtown, as some workers and visitors to the downtown area may be impacted by temporary Metro capacity limits and route reductions.

Specifics regarding the temporary $5 daily rate and 1 Hour Free Saturday Parking:

  • If the parking session is less than $5, then that lower amount of the time parked at the hourly rate would be charged.
  • The maximum rate goes into effect once the amount owed reaches or exceeds $5, halting any additional hourly fees for that day.
  • The rate accrues for each parking session, daily. If a person exits and re-enters the same day, a new session is started, and the hourly rate would again accrue up to a maximum of $5 for the day.
  • On Saturdays, the first hour of parking is free. Any time stayed beyond 1 hour would be charged at the regular hourly rate, up to the daily $5 maximum.
  • The rates will be in effect until the next meeting of the Transportation Commission, currently planned for June 24, 2020, at which time the Parking Division will present options and recommendations for any changes or extension of the temporary rate reduction for their consideration.

Map of city-owned garages and lots

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