Paid parking in Truckee handles holiday week |

Paid parking in Truckee handles holiday week

Depending on who one talks to, parking in downtown Truckee has been running smoothly or not.The paid parking system has benefited parking and traffic in Truckee over the Fourth of July weekend, according to Kelly Beede, Truckees parking services coordinator.Weve got the initial bugs worked out and it appears that people are finding parking, Beede said.Beede credits the new parking meter system, as well as designated employee parking in town, with reducing both parking issues and traffic congestion.The designated employee parking is the greatest reason for parking opening up, as well as more turnover of parking with the meters, Beede said.Because 10 percent to 15 percent of the parking spaces are now generally open, people have an easier time finding parking and spend less time circling and adding to traffic, Beede said.While parking officers have stopped issuing warnings, Beede said they are taking a light-handed approach toward ticketing of vehicles.We try education instead of tickets, she said. If we see somebody walking away from their car and missing a meter, we will take them to the meter and explain how it works.Additionally, Beede said parking enforcement officers are giving out their cards to employers in town with their cell phone numbers in order to keep things running smoothly.However, not everybody agrees the new parking meters have been beneficial. Sandy OConnor, owner of Mollys Cupboard, wanted more flyers and information to give to customers explaining the new parking meters.Weve had endless complaints…, OConnor said on Monday. Weve been out there trying to track a meter person down.However, Tabitha Buzby, from the Vrooman Art Gallery, thought things were running more smoothly.There havent been as many complaints, not as many people asking about the parking, Buzby said.

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