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Parking enforcement to return in Baltimore on Monday

Posted at 9:24 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 17:39:50-04

BALTIMORE, md. — All good things must come to an end and that's holds true for the free meter parking across Baltimore City. Officials said come Monday parking meter enforcement will resume.

For a short period of time drivers liked not having to spend money on a public parking space.

"That was really nice not having to pay the meter today," said Rachel Valsing. "It's one less thing I had to worry about."

Valsing who lives in the Waverly neighborhood was in Fells Point picking up food from a local restaurant. She parked right in front of meter station and paid it no attention.

"I just jumped out of the car and went inside," she said.

It's the same sentiment over in Hampden where drivers along The Avenue.

"Usually it's a matter of circling around and having to find a parking spot and double checking the meters to see if he have to pay but that hasn't been the case," said Brandon Garry. "It's nice not having to pay."

Tuesday Baltimore City announced it parking meter enforcement would resume on July 13th.

According to the city, parking meter enforcement supports the turnover of on-street parking spaces available to patrons of local shops, restaurants, businesses, and attractions. S

“As people continue to move around and be outside, it is important as we continue through Phase Two that we return many of our services to help our economy recover,” said Mayor Jack Young.

“This revised approach to metered parking enforcement supports access to local businesses that are resuming operations to serve city residents,” said Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey. “As businesses begin to return to normal, we recognize how essential parking is to area residents and business patrons.”

Drivers told WMAR-2 News the free parking was nice while it lasted.

In addition to restoring parking meter enforcement, the Department of Transportation continues citywide enforcement efforts with modified operations. We encourage the general public to visit their website for an updated list of modified services.