Don’t Get Towed this Winter

12/17/2012 -

Don’t Get Towed this Winter
Sign up at Portland’s website, become a fan on Facebook, or a follower on Twitter to get notices about city parking bans

PORTLAND, Maine – Now that winter has arrived, the City of Portland wants to remind residents and visitors that they can sign up online 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, receiving tweets from PortlandCitylin at Twitter, or tuning in to the local news. Motorists can also call the parking ban hotline at 879-0300 or check the Time and Temperature sign for up-to-date postings.

A city-wide parking ban is called when weather impacts the city’s ability to carry out its winter storm operations and ensure that roads are safe for travel. When a parking ban is declared, all vehicles must be off city streets by 10:00 PM until 6:00 AM the following day (times may vary depending upon the severity of the weather). 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 lot at Reiche School which abuts the school and playground
 Parking lot at Nathan Clifford School
 Parking lots on Munjoy Street, formerly known as the Adams School
 Cutter Street lots (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)
 Dougherty Field
 On Peaks Island, parking is available at the Welch Street parking lot
 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 the city's website.

Vehicles can begin to park in these designated areas at 5:00 PM the night a parking ban is declared. Vehicles must be moved from the city lots by 7:00 AM the morning the ban is lifted.

The city can also declare a Yellow Zone parking ban for the downtown area only, starting at 10:00 PM and ending at 6:00 AM. When a yellow ban is announced, parking is prohibited from Franklin Arterial to State Street and Commercial Street to Cumberland Avenue.