Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto Backing Efforts For Free Citywide Parking Two Days Next Week
Collaborative moves by Mayor, Parking Authority and City Council will support small businesses

PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 19, 2014) - Mayor William Peduto is backing moves to make city parking free on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving in support of neighborhood small businesses.

Tomorrow, the Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh is expected to discuss making parking free in city surface lots Nov. 28 and 29, and Monday City Councilman Dan Gilman is expected to introduce a Will of Council waiving collections at on-street parking meters those days.

The Parking Authority has already approved making parking free at garages those two days, and during other Saturdays through the holiday shopping season.

“With Light Up Night starting the city holiday season this Friday, it is a reminder that Pittsburgh has great shopping citywide and not just in Downtown. Making parking free at city parking meters, lots and garages will give our small businesses an extra boost on some of the busiest shopping days of the year,” Mayor Peduto said.

If the moves are approved, the Authority is expected to program its automated parking meters to refuse payments on Nov. 28 and 29.

The Authority already announced parking would be free at its garages Nov. 28 and five Saturdays throughout the holiday season: Nov. 22; Nov. 29; Dec. 6; Dec. 13; and Dec. 20.

Participating garages are: Third Avenue; 9th & Penn; Smithfield Liberty; Ft. Duquesne & 6th; Mellon Square; Wood Allies; Oliver; First Avenue; Grant St. Transportation Center; Forbes Semple; and Shadyside.

Vehicles must enter the garages Saturdays after 12 a.m. and exit by 11:59 p.m.

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