Portland Declares Citywide Parking Ban Tonight Beginning at 10:00 PM

3/19/2013 - Portland Declares Citywide Parking Ban Tonight Beginning at 10:00 PM

PORTLAND, Maine – A citywide parking ban for the City of Portland has been declared beginning at 10:00 PM tonight, Tuesday March 19th and ending at 6:00 AM tomorrow morning, March 20th. The parking ban has been declared so that Public Services crews can clear and remove snow from today’s storm.

Vehicles left on the street during a ban will be towed at the owner’s expense (tow fee - $70, impound fee - $35, ticket cost - $30 and all outstanding tickets must be paid. Vehicles not claimed within 24 hours will be charged $25 storage fee per day). Vehicles will be towed to the city’s impound lot located at the Ocean Gateway International Marine Terminal at 40 Commercial Street (phone number 774-3025). At the end of the day following a parking ban, unclaimed vehicles will be towed to private tow company lots, and storage fees of $25 per day will accrue.

There are a number of places people can park at no charge during a parking ban including:
• Deering Oaks – on the left hand side of Tennis Court Road only
• State Street gravel lot – abutting Deering oaks
• Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot
• Hadlock Field parking lot
• All Portland Public School lots EXCEPT the lots at Reiche School which abuts the school and playground
• Parking lot at Nathan Clifford School
• Parking lot on Munjoy Street, formerly known as the Adams School lot
• Cutter Street lot (off the Eastern Prom)
• Beach Street lot accessible from Commercial Street (This lot is available after 8 P.M.)
• Lot across the street from the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street (corner of Park and Commercial Streets)
• • On Peaks Island, parking is available at the Welch Street parking lot, the St. Christopher's Church parking lot, the Brackett Memorial Church parking lot, and the CMP back lot at Island Avenue and City Point Road
• Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates – check with individual garages for rates and hours. For a complete list of city-owned and privately operated parking garages, visit the city’s website.

Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5:00 PM tonight. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7:00 AM tomorrow morning.

Residents and visitors to the city can sign up online at the city's website to receive email notices from the city when a city-wide parking ban is implemented. People can also get parking ban updates by either becoming a fan of Portland Cityline on Facebook or a follower of PortlandCitylin on Twitter. People can call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.