Downtown parking fees drop to $5 per day at SmartPark garages
Parking, parking everywhere — but not that much to do.
City Hall has slashed the rates to park in downtown Portland's five multi-story parking garages, with prices dropping to just $5 per day as of Friday, March 27.
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, said the temporary reduction of the all-day rate will make life easier for downtown denizens and employees in critical industries who can't work from home.
Both normally rely on transit, but fears of the novel coronavirus have halved TriMet ridership since the promulgation of Gov. Kate Brown's stay-at-home order. Furthermore, the transit agency is scaling back bus and train service, with up to two hour waits expected for some bus lines.
Eudaly said SmartPark stalls still will cost $1.80 per hour for motorists who stay for two hours or fewer, but anything longer will cost just $5.
"Reducing the rate to $5 makes all-day parking in a SmartPark garage equivalent to the cost of a TriMet day pass," Eudaly said. "This rate reduction will provide relief for Portlanders who need to work or access essential services downtown with a safe, affordable place to park for the day."
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, SmartPark parking could cost as much as $20 per day, and the concrete towers averaged occupancy levels of 85% to 90%. PBOT says occupancy levels are now "significantly lower."
Need a spot?
Here's the location of downtown Portland's five structured parking garages.
• First Avenue and Jefferson Street
• Third Avenue and Alder Street, (electric vehicle parking available)
• Fourth Avenue and Yamhill Street, (EV available)
• 10th Avenue and Yamhill Street, (EV available)
• Naito Parkway and Davis Street
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