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The District has over 5900 public and private parking spaces--of which 1413 are on-street metered spaces. Parking in The District is at about 70% occupancy. Typically, a 75% occupancy rate is considered optimal. We've got four parking garages-- Tenth and Cherry, Eighth and Cherry, Sixth and Cherry, and Eighth and Walnut. We've planned it so a garage is never that far from your destination.
EZ Park is a nifty new program in The District that's perfect for those of you who don't happen to have a pocketful of spare change. It's a pre-paid card you can use in the on-street meters and in our four parking garages--no quarters required to play. Even better, you only pay for the time you park.
Pre-paid parking cards for garages and meters can be purchased at:
1. Columbia City Hall at Seventh & Broadway
2. Boone County Government Building, Eighth & Ash
3. MU's Turner Parking Garage, Sixth & Conely.
4. Cards can also be reloaded at the 3 Cherry Street parking garages.
Rates vary based on the location of the space. Parking meters range from 30 cents to 50 cents an hour. The cost of a permitted space? A little over $1 a day.
Yes! You can always park free at night and on Sundays. After 6:00 pm, feel free to ignore the meters and have some fun!
According to City Ordinance, a person cannot park in a metered space longer than the time shown on the meter--even if the meter is constantly fed. Why does the City do this? The answer is simple--to benefit the businesses by encouraging space turn-over. Could you imagine how difficult it would be to find a space if an employee or college student monopolized a metered space for an entire day? If you're spending the day shopping or running errands in The District, we built the garages just for you! Pre-paid parking time is unlimited in the garages so you can avoid that little yellow ticket and enjoy your day.
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The City recently built two new parking garages and renovated a third in order to increase the amount of parking in The District. Parking fees are used to pay off the debt obligations incurred when these new garages were built. The City Parking Utility is designed to be self-supporting. Funds generated from parking tickets however, do not help support these new garages. Instead, this money goes to the Municipal Court. So avoid a ticket and show your support for this additional parking by dropping a quarter in that meter.
Very well. Boulder, Colorado has a population of nearly 100,000 but has fewer parking spaces than Columbia. Norman, Oklahoma, another city with a population pushing 100,000, has only 750 public parking spaces! For more information on parking in The District, contact the City of Columbia Public Works at 874-7674 or log on to their webpage.
Your best bet for employee parking is an off-street surface lot or parking garage. Why is that? Because your employer loses $202 a day if your car is taking up a metered space a customer would normally park in. As an added benefit, with pre-paid parking you can park for an unlimited amount of time in a garage so you won't have to feed a meter and risk a parking ticket. Give Mindy Barnes with the City a call for monthly parking permits. She can be reached at 874-6368.
Try a bike! The MKT runs right into The District, bike lanes are being marked throughout The District, and bike racks are available on Ninth, Broadway and inside the parking garages--with more being installed soon! Worried about helmet hair? The Wabash Bus Station is located in The District as well and City buses are now equipped to carry bicycles. They've even got a bus to take you from your favorite District restaurant to a Mizzou game!
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FastCat is up and running! Buses are now running on a 15 minute loop around The District and into campus.
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Starting your own business in The District is easier than you think. Learn about new vacancies, business seminars, our Downtown Incubator and more.
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