City of Pittsfield Downtown Parking Management Plan
In 2016 the City Council, and the City of Pittsfield implemented a new parking management plan with the installation of multi-space meters throughout designated areas in downtown.
The parking plan, which underwent extensive community input over a three-year period, is designed to enhance parking availability in the city’s high traffic downtown areas, while also maintaining nearly 400 spaces for free parking on side streets in downtown.
This included the distribution of the city’s 45 solar-powered multi-space parking meters to be placed in the following areas: North and South streets, Park Square, the First Street parking lot (by The Common), the Depot and Mckay street area, the streets around City Hall, and Berkshire Medical Center. Additionally, the McKay Street Garage will become permit parking only; the move will transition permit parkers who currently use the adjacent McKay Street lot into the garage, and transforms the lot into metered parking only.
Monday through Friday metered parking rates are $1 per hour for on-street parking during the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and 50 cents per hour for off street parking and the McKay, Summer and First St parking lots from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. The first 30-minutes in all metered areas are free. There is no metered parking on the weekend.
Commissioner David Turocy of the Department of Public Services said the plan addresses crucial issues for the city.
“The meters will help to ensure availability of parking in our most critical areas, so that parking spaces are available when people visit downtown. The meters are designed to meet the needs of today’s consumers. They will accept coins, credit cards and smartphone applications; and the use of license plate technology eliminates the need to memorize parking space locations or return to the car to place a slip on the dashboard,” Turocy said.
“Furthermore, the multi-space parking meters are a critical component of the city’s plan to achieve a financially sustainable parking management plan. Parking meter fees, combined with parking permit revenue, will help pay for the operation, maintenance and improvements to our parking facilities.”
“Downtown Pittsfield is a thriving downtown. It is the financial, legal, and medical center of our city and the county. We have a strong theater, museum, and restaurant district and a gorgeous boutique hotel. New investments are being made such as Funk Box Studios, and Brooklyn’s Best while others continue to succeed such as Steven Valenti Clothing, and Museum Facsimiles,” Mayor Tyer said. “In addition, we have seen significant investments in downtown market rate housing at the Howard Building, the Onota Building, and soon the former Holy Family Church will become Powerhouse Lofts. We’ve got a lot going for us, and metered parking is a natural evolution to what is now in high demand.”
The installation also reflects the culmination of the city’s commitment to the state when it accepted a MassWorks grant in 2013 for repairs to the McKay Street garage. Per the agreement, the city would establish a parking management plan that would facilitate the maintenance of the city’s garages and lots. Toward this effort, the City Council allocated $500,000 in funding toward the parking meter implementation.
Since 2013, the city has been working on this plan, in conjunction, with input and feedback from community and business leaders. The meter’s cutting-edge technology provides ease of use for parking patrons and includes programmable features for marketing purposes.
It also creates efficiency for the city’s parking control staff as the new program will be supported by the city’s current License Plate Recognition (LPR) system. The LPR system allows parking control officers to scan license plates to check for violations.
Please visit here to view a parking meter video.