Downtown Salt Lake City is gearing up for what they expect to be a busy holiday season. With new shopping attractions and holiday events, city leaders are working to make downtown parking more accessible. Robin Hutchinson, Transportation Director for Salt Lake City, says along with the traditional parking pay stations, the city is offering a pay by mobile phone option.
“This is available on smart phones and non-smart phones alike, right at the blue post right in front of the meter. We are encouraging everyone to try out this feature. We are getting some rave reviews out there about how convenient and easy it is to park on the street and pay by phone,” she says.
Starting the day after Thanksgiving Salt Lake City will kick off its new ‘Jingle Bus’, a free trolley that will connect shoppers to Gallivan plaza, the Gateway, City Creek Center, Temple Square and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis says the goal is to encourage the use of public transit throughout the downtown area.
“Our goal is that you come down, park once, either on street or in a private garage, at the Gateway, at City Creek Center and then through the free fare zone or the free Jingle Trolley, you’re able to access all of downtown when just parking once,” he says.
There are 2,000 street parking spaces downtown Salt Lake City, and about 30,000 off street spaces. A link to Parking in Downtown Salt Lake City.