New on-street parking meters are being installed curbside throughout Downtown Marquette, as the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) begins implementing the next phase of our strategic parking management plan. The goal of effective parking management is to regulate parking spaces in a manner that ensures a percentage of spaces are available at any given time. Parking meters help to control turnover that is vital for maximizing the potential flow of customers to the downtown district’s retail, service, and dining establishments.
The approximately 400 modern parking meters feature smart technology, offering residents and visitors convenient payment options including coins, credit and debit cards and flexible stay times ranging from one to three to ten-hour parking limits depending on location. Parking time limits, rates, and enforcement hours will be easily identified on each meter’s digital display screen and through additional meter signage. The parking rate will remain at 50 cents per hour; however, users may insert 25 cents and receive a half hour of time for shorter stays. The resulting meter turnover will improve parking availability and convenience to users enjoying downtown’s businesses and amenities.
The new meters will be located on the 100 block of East Washington Street, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of West Washington Street, the 100 block of East Main Street, the 100 block of West Spring Street, East and West Baraga Avenue through the 300 block, South Third Street, and along North and South Front Street. Like the pay stations already in operation in the lower level of the Bluff Street Parking Ramp, a pay station will be installed in the North Main Street Parking Lot located adjacent to the north side of West Main Street. Motorists are to utilize the pay station upon entering the parking lot by entering their license plate number and paying for the desired stay time before beginning their time in Marquette’s Downtown District. Parking meter and pay station instructional videos are available here.
To facilitate the transition, the DDA and City of Marquette Police Department will be phasing in the operation of the new meters and pay station, which will remain bagged until all are installed and fully operational in coming weeks. Future plans also include offering convenient “pay-by-phone” technology.
For those who live, work or spend extended periods of time downtown, rental parking permits are available from the DDA office, located at 203 South Front Street, Suite 1-B, Marquette. Download a registration form here.
All parking meter and rental permit parking revenue is reinvested by the DDA into downtown’s parking system for snow removal and improvements to parking lots, sidewalks, walkways, and lighting. Parking violation fines are received by the City of Marquette and become part of the General Fund. For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 906-228-9475.