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Pittsburgh City Council OKs free, limited parking at meters during holidays

| Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

City Council gave motorists a present on Tuesday, allowing free holiday parking at meters through the end of the year on a limited basis.

Metered parking will be free after 4 p.m. Fridays and through the day Saturdays; meters aren't monitored on Sundays.

The city's Parking Authority voted earlier to give motorists free parking at its 11 garages Downtown, Oakland and in Shadyside until First Night event Dec. 31. Free parking begins after 4 p.m. Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who appoints Parking Authority board members, urged council to suspend meter enforcement to encourage visitors Downtown during the holiday season.

The change takes effect after Ravenstahl signs the legislation. His spokeswoman, Joanna Doven, didn't know when his approval will occur.

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