Customers parking adjacent to Pasadena City Hall have twice as long to complete their errands now that longer time limits have been established for parking meters.
The time limit has been extended from 30 to 60 minutes, allowing customers more time as they turn on utilities, pay for business licenses, register dogs, purchase long-term overnight parking passes, or, as sometimes happens, pay for parking tickets. Meter rates remain 25¢ for every 12 minutes, or $1.25 an hour.
The new time limit affects parking meters in the civic center area along Garfield Avenue, Thurgood Marshall Way, Ramona Street and Holly Street, and are in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Parking is free in those spaces evenings and Sundays.
The parking spaces closest to City Hall are best for short-term use and not for city business that routinely takes an hour or longer, such as meetings and hearings. Privately owned parking lots with longer time limits are available within a block of City Hall.
Hours of operation for parking meters surrounding Paseo Colorado have been extended along Colorado Boulevard and Green Street between Marengo Avenue and Los Robles Avenue. The one-hour meters will require payment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including Sundays.
"This change will help speed up the turnover of spaces evenings and Sundays, giving visitors better access to convenient, short-term parking," said Bill Bortfeld, the city's parking manager.
Parking for more than one hour will still be available in the Paseo Colorado parking structure, including limited free parking with validation.
For more information visit www.cityofpasadena.net/parking or call (626) 744-7665.