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City Announces Improvements at Downtown Garages

Post Date:06/13/2019 11:58 AM
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Brian Wheeler
Director of Communications
June 13, 2019

City Announces Improvements at Downtown Garages

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville announced today that the parking access and revenue collection systems at the Market Street and Water Street Garages are being replaced. The existing equipment has exceeded its useful life and will be replaced by the current standard for parking garage operations.

Parkers will still take a ticket upon entrance and will make payment at an automated pay station prior to exiting. The pay station accepts payment with cash or a credit card and exact change is not required.

The cashiers will now become parking ambassadors and be available to help people navigate the pay stations and provide directions to businesses and events in the area.

For parkers with monthly passes the process is unchanged. The existing hang tags or passes will work just as they currently operate.

The parking rates are unchanged at $2.00 per hour, but fees will now be charged in half hour increments at $1.00 per half hour. The first hour will remain free in both garages. Businesses may continue to provide complimentary parking to their customers through the validation program.Customers will be issued a second “chaser” ticket by the business that can be scanned upon exit to pay all or a portion of the fee.

In addition, over the past several months the city has made over $30,000 in capital repairs and upgraded all the security cameras at the Water Street Garage. Both facilities now have supplemental security patrol during evening hours.

More information and frequently asked questions about parking downtown can be found at

Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting or (434) 970-3182.
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