Free parking Downtown designed to lure holiday shoppers
By Jeremy Boren
Published: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 1:21 p.m.
Parking will be free at Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages in the Golden Triangle every Saturday starting this weekend until Dec. 22, the last Saturday before Christmas, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office has announced.
Ravenstahl said he hopes the free parking will encourage people to shop Downtown. The Parking Authority's board of directors approved the promotion at a meeting on Thursday. Ravenstahl appoints the authority's board members.
“By offering free parking, we make it possible for customers to more readily enjoy all that Downtown has to offer,” Ravenstahl said in a prepared statement.
The city will offer free parking at 11 garages.
Nine of the garages are Downtown: Oliver Avenue, Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Sixth Street, Third Avenue, Mellon Square, Ninth Street and Penn Avenue, Wood Street and Boulevard of the Allies, First Avenue, Smithfield Street and Liberty Avenue and Grant Street.
The remaining two are on Meyran Avenue in Oakland and Bellefonte Street in Shadyside.
Parking Authority Executive Director David Onorato said the loss of parking revenue would range from $125,000 to $150,000.
Separately, Councilman Bill Peduto said he will introduce legislation Monday suspending on-street meter enforcement for one day on Nov. 24, which is Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday, the day after the post-Thanksgiving “Black Friday” retail blitz, is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of small retailers and to increase sales at small, independently owned businesses.
Trib Total Media staff writer Bob Bauder contributed to this story. Jeremy Boren is a staff writer Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7935 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kovacevic: Big Ben’s contract clock ticking
- Pitt’s Patterson second-team All-ACC, Zanna honorable mention
- Indiana County driver dies in crash with tractor-trailer
- NTSB: Corroded pipe, lack of inspections led to gas explosion
- Parking tickets in Downtown Pittsburgh spark outrage
- Talented center Sutter is proving to be ‘pretty important’ for Penguins
- Analysis: Kesler still on Pens’ radar as Shero aims to bring back ‘Big 3’
- LaBar: WWE’s next stars have arrived
- Taillon among 6 Pirates send to minor league camp
- Penguins notebook: Beau Bennett returns to practice
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye