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File #: 2016-23   
Title: Downtown Parking Permit Changes
TO: City Council

FROM: Larry A. Patterson, City Manager

PREPARED BY: City Manager's Office

MEETING DATE: Monday, February 01, 2016

Downtown Parking Permit Changes

Approve the recommended parking permit rate structure to be included and adopted with the 2016-17 Comprehensive Fee Schedule.

For many years, the City of San Mateo has sold quarterly parking permits to allow users to park in any of the 10-hour spaces in off-street downtown parking facilities and along Railroad Avenue between 5th and 9th Avenue (approximately 1,050 spaces total). These permits provide a convenient way of pre-paying for anticipated parking usage particularly for employees who work downtown. A total of 750 permits are sold each quarter at City Hall and the Downtown San Mateo Association (DSMA) office and cost $126 per quarter or the equivalent of $42 per month. This cost has not changed in many years and is lower than many private facilities in the area as well as the cost of permits in nearby cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Redwood City. There is a high demand for these permits given increased business activity downtown and the permits have typically sold out within a few days after going on sale. This demand has increased significantly in the past two quarters with the permits selling out within an hour this quarter and a lengthy waiting list of customers who were not able to purchase permits.

One of the key priorities this year in implementing the Downtown Parking Management Plan is revamping the long-term permit program. Staff has worked with the City's parking management consultant SP+ to develop short- and long-term changes to improve the effectiveness of this program as a parking management strategy. Initial changes have included converting 75 underutilized three-hour spaces to 10-hour spaces, increasing the number of permits sold to 850, limiting the number...

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