Pittsburgh offers free parking during holiday season
Pittsburgh will offer free parking at street meters and city-owned lots on Friday and Saturdays until Christmas to lure holiday shoppers to local businesses.
City Council on Monday unanimously approved the traditional holiday moratorium on parking fees. Parking free dates include Friday, Saturday and Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Pittsburgh for several years has offered free parking to shoppers in weeks leading up to the Christmas holiday.
“We’re trying to bring people to our small businesses throughout the city of Pittsburgh,” said Councilman Corey O’Connor of Swisshelm Park, who sponsored the legislation. “We’re trying to get more people into the neighborhoods rather than to the shopping malls.”
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority has estimated the waiver of parking fees during the holidays costs about $350,000 in lost revenue. It costs $4 per hour to park at a metered spot in Downtown Monday through Saturday. Street meter rates are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; lots are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bob at 412-765-2312, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @bobbauder.