Local News
7:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Where Are Louisville's Most-Ticketed Parking Meters? (Hint: They're All On the Same Block.)

Parking Meter
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Last week, the Parking Authority of River City made two announcements. First, the hourly rate at parking meters would go from $1.25 to $1.50. Second, PARC will begin enforcing parking laws on Saturdays.

Paying meters was required on Saturdays, but the law wasn’t strongly enforced.

But it set us wondering. If Saturday was the time when you were previously least likely to get a ticket, when or where are you most likely to end up catching a green envelope on your windshield?

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

You'll Soon Have to Pay Louisville Parking Meters on Saturdays

A Louisville parking meter.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Soon, you'll get a parking ticket for not paying Louisville meters on Saturdays.

The city has for years had laws requiring motorists to feed the meters on Saturdays, but the Parking Authority of River City rarely enforced the rules, PARC said in a news release Friday. 

PARC is changing that—and it's also increasing meter rates.

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Local News
9:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Creates New Facilities and Fleet Post, Names New PARC Director

Tiffany Smith
Credit Louisville Metro

Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday shuffled members of his leadership team, creating a new role for watching over the city's vehicles and buildings and naming the new Director of Parking Authority of River City.

Tiffany Smith has been with PARC since 1995. She began as a junior accountant and has been promoted throughout the years, becoming assistant director in 2012.

She replaces Cathy Duncan, who will become the city's director of Facilities and Fleet, a new division of the Office of Management and Budget. Facilities and Fleet was once a part of the Metro Public Works.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Soon, You'll Be Able to Pay for Parking in Louisville With Your Phone

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

In response to what officials say is strong citizen demand, Louisville Metro Government will allow drivers to pay for parking meters with their phones.

The city is working with North Carolina-based Passport Parking to accept payments through an app, text messages or phone calls. Such payments will carry a 25 cent fee, which is Passport's only revenue in the deal.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Who Stole the Green Wall? Louisville Mayor Seeks Rogue Landscaper

Before and after
Credit Metro Government and Gabe Bullard / Metro Government and WFPL News

I left work through the side door, into the alley. I do this all the time. But something was different. The wall of the Clay Commons parking garage, which had been covered in vines, was bare. Remnants of the cut vines were on the ground of the alley between the garage and the Louisville Public Media, on South Fourth Street. It seemed like an odd landscaping choice for PARC, which runs the garage.

But it wasn't a choice.

Someone tore down the green wall without permission.

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4:41 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Metro Initiative Adds 250 Bike Parking Spots to Public Garages

Lindsay English Metro Public Works

An additional 250 bike parking spaces have been created in downtown parking garages.

This bike parking was initially announced two years ago, when then-Mayor Jerry Abramson’s administration released a proposal to add more than 300 new bicycle parking spaces to downtown garages. A contract was supposed to be finalized within several months, but took two years to come to fruition.

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12:42 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Fischer Not Interested in Privatizing Parking

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has resisted offers to privatize the city's parking despite pressure from out-of-town companies.

The mayor is selling two downtown garages for $10.7 million to the Parking Authority of River City to help balance the budget. But PARC is a quasi-government agency that operates several downtown lots and garages for Metro Government.

Council members have questioned why those properties are being sold to a city agency and not put up for competitive bid to potentially gain more for the structures.

Louisville Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland says the city has had several offers to privatize parking since Fischer took office, but the administration isn't interested.

"If we were to sell all our parking garages to the private sector, we would lose control over what the rates would be and we would possibly drive out over time businesses out of the downtown area because parking is a key cost to their employees," he says.

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7:30 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Council Questions City CFO About Budget Deals With PARC

Hearing testimony from Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland, the Louisville Metro Council's Budget Committee began its review of the mayor's proposed spending plan on Monday.

Mayor Greg Fischer's latest budget balances the city's books without raising taxes, cutting city services or furloughing Metro employee. However, council members spent most of the time grilling the administration about the budget's reliance on the sale of two downtown garages to the parking authority.

The city is selling two downtown parking lots to the Parking Authority of River City for $10.7 million and selling two garages for $3.9 million. PARC technically purchased the garages from the former county government at merger nine years ago, but the payment was never received.

Budget Committee Vice Chairman Kelly Downard, R-16, says the mayor's agreement is unacceptable because PARC owes much more money for the garages after Metro Government paid bonds on the structures since merger.

"They’ve been taking income off this—net income—for seven to nine years, that’s our money. We’ve been paying the bonds down, good lord," he says. "I think PARC’s got a problem because they have been taking our money on a garage they didn’t pay for, on debt that we’ve been paying and I think there’s a serious problem here."

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