May 31, 2019

(UPDATE) Parking Changes Being Implemented in Downtown Rapid City

The City has launched a new website providing details and addressing questions regarding planned parking and parking meter changes in downtown Rapid City. The City has launched a new website providing details and addressing questions regarding planned parking and parking meter changes in downtown Rapid City. (City File Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

PARKING IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE (JULY 19):

The vast majority of the 620 parking meters have now been installed in the downtown core.  The meters are currently taking credit cards, coins, tokens, Google/Apple Pay and you may pay by the ‘Park Smarter’ application. The courtesy 15-minute ‘quick trip’ option is available by pressing the ‘+’.  If using the “Park Smarter” application, you can identify your meter number by looking at the bottom of the screen and you can manually enter your meter number into the location area.  Park Smarter meter stickers will be installed first of next week.    

The pay stations are installed on the 1st Floor of the Parking Ramp and take the same payment options.  The Park Smarter information is displayed throughout the first floor.

Dollar tokens are available for purchase by businesses through the City Finance Office.  

The online citation payment portal is activated for payment of current and past citations. New ordinance allows for a vehicle to be immobilized with three parking tickets with an outstanding balance or $125 in fines. Go to rapidcity.citationportal.com and you can look up your tickets by your license plate, tickets go back to 2016.

For more information visit, www.ipsgroupinc.com/rapidcity/

(ORIGINAL RELEASE)

RAPID CITY, SD--Parking in downtown Rapid City will take on an entirely new look as city officials implement planned changes in parking meters, parking time limits, permits and payments during the next few weeks

           "With all the open houses, public input sessions, discussion groups and the pilot project involving downtown parking the past several years, it is now time to implement changes that will have a big impact on parking moving forward," said Sarah Hanzel, City Long-Range Planner. 

            Beginning theweek of June 17 and into August, planned parking changes in the downtown area will be implemented, including:

*A permit portal site was activated June 17 allowing downtown employees and residents to apply for on-street parking permits, limited to a given block. Visit http://www.thepermitportal.com/ips.  Approved permits were activated beginning June 24 with the billing cycle beginning July 1.

*An online payment system for payment of old and new parking tickets has been established.  Vehicle owners can go online to rapidcity.citationportal.com and look up their citations by the citation number, license plate number or the VIN number.  Owners can then pay the citations online.  Per City ordinance, parking enforcement can place a boot on vehicles with three outstanding parking tickets or $125 in fines.  Currently, there are 12,000 unpaid parking tickets and about 700 vehicles on the boot list.  Paying fines online will also avoid citations being sent to collections for non-payment.  Parking tickets are sent to collections after 30 days.

*New meters/pay stations are being installed downtown through the month of July.

*Updated signage in the downtown area explaining parking time limits and other importanant messages.

*Recommendations for the newly-formed Parking Advisory Committee are expected to be made along with Council consideration for approval this summer. The Committee is expected to convene shortly upon Council approval.

The transition to new parking management systems will take several weeks to complete.  The public is advised to look for signage and/or installed parking meters for instructions. 

            "There may be a few growing pains as the systems are implemented and we appreciate the public's patience during the transition," said Hanzel.

            Visit www.ipsgroupinc.com/rapidcity for more information. The site can be accessed directly or clicking on 'Downtown Parking Program' in the Community Bookmark section of the City's home page at www.rcgov.org

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Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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