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News Date: February 21, 2020

Beginning Monday, Feb. 24, ParkColumbus App and Simplified Rates Coming to Downtown Parking Meters

On Monday, Feb. 24, the ParkColumbus mobile payment app and parking meter rate recommendations begin to take effect Downtown to better manage on-street parking access and availability.

The Columbus Division of Parking Services will launch the ParkColumbus app for use at all metered parking spots Downtown and implement a simplified structure for meter rates and time limits at more than 2,800 Downtown meters:

  • Value meters at 50 cents per hour with no time limit
  • In demand meters at $1 per hour with a 3-hour time limit
  • High turnover meters at $1.50 per hour with a 30-minute time limit (75 cents per 30 minutes)

Implementation of the app and meter rate changes may take a few weeks to complete following the Feb. 24 start date.

These changes are among recommendations made in the Downtown Strategic Parking Plan. It provides a system-wide approach to better align on-street parking rates with off-street rates, streamline time limits and decrease confusion.

Parking Services will monitor and evaluate the new rate structure’s performance during the first six months and, if needed, consider adjustments to be responsive to the community and parking demand.

“The Downtown Strategic Parking Plan represents another step in our ongoing effort to bring efficient, accessible and equitable parking to Columbus’s urban neighborhoods,” said Jennifer L. Gallagher, Director of the Department of Public Service. “This plan helps to manage congestion and distribute parking demand as Columbus continues to experience high growth.”

“The City of Columbus is excited to add the ParkColumbus app technology to metered parking Downtown,” said Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director of Parking Services. “This customer-focused convenience allows users to pay with their smartphone as well as extend parking time if necessary.”

The Downtown plan was developed in Parking Services’ comprehensive Strategic Parking Plan initiative that also studied Franklinton, the University District and South of Downtown neighborhoods. Recommendations for those study areas are forthcoming.

To view a map of Downtown meter locations with the new rate and time limit structure, visit https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/parking/Strategic-Parking-Plan/ and click on “Downtown Meter Rates Map”

For more information on the ParkColumbus app, visit https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/parking/Parking-Services-Home/ and click on “How to use the ParkColumbus mobile payment app”