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All The Bloomington Parking Changes Going Into Effect January 1

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(Becca Costello, WFIU/WTIU News)

Sweeping changes to parking in downtown Bloomington will take effect Tuesday, January 1. 

City Council approved the changes in September to increase fees and adjust enforcement hours, in an effort to generate more revenue. 

The changes go into effect one day before the city will shut down the Fourth Street garage for repairs.

Here's a rundown of what's different and what's staying the same:

On-street parking at metered spaces and municipal lots

Starting January 1, metered parking will be enforced from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Previously, enforcement began at 9 a.m.

The cost will stay the same at $1 per hour, and meters will still be free on Sundays and city holidays.

Approximately 250 free spaces are still available downtown: 

  • Rogers Street from 5th Street to 11th Street (limit of two hours)
  • Madison Street from 2nd Street to 3rd Street
  • Washington Street from 3rd Street to East Smith
  • Lincoln Street from 2nd Street to East Smith
  • Grant Street from 2nd Street to East Smith
  • The city employee parking lot at City Hall (after 5 p.m.)

Garages - General Public

After the Fourth Street garage closes on January 1, the city will maintain two municpal garages. 

Starting January 1, free parking time will be reduced from three hours to one hour. Parking rates will not change and parking will still be free on Sundays and city holidays. 

Starting January 1, 2021, free parking in garages will be eliminated altogether. 

Garages - Permits

Starting January 1, fees for garage permits will increase across the board: 

Parking ticket fines

Starting January 1, the fine for a parking violation ticket will be increased to $30 per day. The current parking ticket fine is $20.

Fees not paid within two weeks will increase to $60, up from $40. 

Temporary parking permits

Starting January 1, the fee to reserve a parking space with a temporary permit will increase to $30. Applications will be processed by a new position: the Parking Services Director. 

Previously, temporary permits varied in price with a $5 administrative fee, and applications were processed by the Department of Public Works or the Department of Planning and Transportation. 

Neighborhood zones

Changes to neighborhood zones will go into effect on August 15, 2019. 

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