The City of Rome wants to do its part to keep its citizens informed about any updates related to its phased parking plan for downtown.
Downtown Rome’s parking office is currently in the midst of phase one of its parking plan and has chosen a License Plate Recognition (LPR) vendor. This allows for better enforcement of the parking ordinance for downtown, attests Amanda Carter, Director of the Downtown Development Authority, who adds that there have been no major changes as yet. Locals must once again pay to park in the 3rd Avenue Parking Deck as the month of free parking offered thru the holiday season has ended.
Carter says that enforcement will be conducted by vehicle as part of the new LPR system. This will make the process of enforcing the downtown parking ordinance a lot quicker.
Vital information pertaining to parking in downtown Rome will continue to be gathered in the months to come, Carter indicates.
The current two-hour time limit for on-street parking is enforced from 8 am to 6 pm every Monday through Saturday; once the LPR installation has been completed, the hours of enforcement will be 8 am to 8 pm. The time change is anticipated in early spring.
Upon the roll-out of LPR, new parking deck kiosks will be installed at the 3rd and 6th Avenue Decks as well as the Annex Lot behind 200 block businesses on East 1st Street; this allows for parking payments by cash, credit or through the mobile app. The first hour will remain free; $1 will be charged per hour thereafter, with a $8 maximum per day.
Those with questions pertaining to parking in downtown Rome are directed to call Parking Services Manager Becky Smyth at (706) 236-4520.
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