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Santa Fe Parking Will Remove Bags On Meters June 1

By City of Santa Fe

Demand for parking all over Santa Fe is a strong indicator that the City’s economic reawakening is well underway. The proposed phased-in parking plan for downtown parking is designed to provide support for local businesses and convenience for shoppers and motorists.

Parking garages have been closed, and metered parking fees waived, since March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 1, the bags come off the meters and the City will once again begin collecting parking fees. City garage structures re-open starting June 1 but fees will be waived until July 1.

Proposed phased parking re-opening plan


Parking Garages reopen on June 1, 2020with fees waived until July 1, 2020.

Offering free parking in garages will support local restaurants and businesses with no-cost parking options for patrons.

Parking meter fees begin June 1, 2020


Paid on-street parking ensures vehicle turn over so that metered parking spaces are available to small business customers.  On-street meter revenues, if started on June 1st, are projected to be $37,250 for June, 2020, which is 25% of revenues generated in June, 2019.

City installs new automated system

When motorists do venture into City Parking Garage structures they will find a new automated system called Parking Access and Revenue Collection System (PARCS) that is easier and faster to use.  The City started the process to procure and install the PARCS System in garage facilities at the end of 2018. The Railyard Garage system was installed prior to COVID disruptions and is now complete and operational. Installation at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center is also complete, and Sandoval Garage is scheduled to be finished by June 15, 2020.

More about PARCS

·       Easy to use prepay option that makes for faster in and out

·       Real time info on parking space availability, ‘spaces available’ signs installed

·       Credit/debit cards accepted at all pay stations

·       License plate recognition includes handicap users

·       Drivers pay at on-foot self-pay stations before leaving facility, grace time for walking and exiting

The City is committed to helping our small businesses, entertainment and hospitality industry recover from the economic effects of COVID, and we are delighted to be able to upgrade and innovate our parking systems for residents and visitors.

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