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June 01. 2014 8:19PM

Parking options increasing for drivers in downtown Dover

DOVER — Starting Monday, the city plans to expand parking options by allowing drivers to use the transportation center parking lot along Chestnut Street throughout the day.

City parking manager Bill Simons said there is room for 400 vehicles in the parking lot, but not all of the spaces are delineated by lines.

“I would estimate 20 cars are used by residents right now. More do so in the winter,” Simons said, adding area drivers will be able to use the lot during the city’s annual winter parking ban.

Simons said the lot only reaches capacity once a year when the city hosts the annual Apple Harvest Festival in the fall.

Simons said the lot at the transportation center offers area drivers more parking options in the city which were not available before.

“Previously, the lot was privately controlled except for 50 spaces reserved for public transportation users,” Simons said.

“Not only is it for users of the transportation center, but it can be used by downtown visitors and employees looking for a low cost alternative,” Simons said. “It is one-third the rate of the rest of the city’s meter system.”

While the city already offers metered parking along many downtown streets and in other lots, metered parking at the transportation center will cost 25 cents per hour — as opposed to 75 cents per hour in other locations.

Drivers can also take advantage of the option to purchase parking in 24-hour increments for $2.50 or buy 30-day permits at the meters or at the Dover Police Station for $15 per month, according to a release by the city.

More information about the monthly meter rates is available on the city’s website at www.dover.nh.gov.

“The meters will be available 24 hours a day to allow early arrivals to pay ahead for the next metered parking time period. Parking tickets purchased in advance will only reflect the paid parking hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays,” according to the release.

Additionally, drivers will be able to use EasyPark in-vehicle electronic parking meters at the transportation center parking lot, once the device is updated via www.easyparkusa.com/dover, according to the release.

Simons said finding a space depends on a variety of factors.

“Availability ebbs and flows by the hour of the day, location and day of the week,” Simons said.

Simons said the city plans to further expand parking options.

“We are building a garage this coming year to help address our future parking needs as well,” Simons said, adding the garage is expected to open in the summer of 2015.

For more information, contact the City of Dover Parking Bureau via phone at (603) 516-2277 or by e-mail at parking@dover.nh.gov.

jquinn@newstote.com


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